This simple BBQ pork rub is used for the low and slow style of smoking. It is perfect for ribs, pork shoulder, pork neck, and other similar cuts. If you want to use it for grilling then the sugar needs to be removed as it burns at high grilling temperatures.
Note that the chili powder is the blend that is used to make chili con carne or similar dishes, not the pure ground chili that has the same name in some places around the world.
Making the rub at home allows you to adjust it to your personal taste, especially salt and sugar levels. These can sometimes be used at high levels to make a commercial rub viable as they are cheaper than the expensive herbs and spices.
Homemade Pork Rub Recipe
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic granules
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Measure out the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, cumin, mustard, garlic granules, cayenne, and black pepper.
- Combine well until one homogeneous color.
- Store in a clean jar in a cool, dark place.