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    This homemade dry rub is perfect for all of your summer grilling needs. Made with a blend of dried spices and brown sugar, this BBQ seasoning is a great bbq rub for chicken, pork, steak, and ribs.

    close up image of bbq dry rub

    Ditch the store-bought BBQ seasoning and whip up a batch of your own in minutes to use on all of your favorite recipes. It’s seriously the best dry rub for chicken wings!

    Smokey and sweet with just the right amount of spice, this bbq rub is an easy way to elevate your everyday meals or impress your guests at your cookout.

    Be sure to try my Taco Seasoning and Seasoned Salt too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Quick and easy: Just mix the ingredients together and it’s ready to use.
    • Make ahead: I always make a big batch of this BBQ seasoning as it has a great shelf life. It’s great to have on hand to add extra flavor to your meals.
    • Better than store bought: This dry rub has so much more flavor than store bought. It’s way cheaper to make a big batch of your own, plus it contains all natural ingredients with no preservatives.

    Ingredients for Dry Rub

    This BBQ dry rub is made with a mix of:

    • brown sugar, packed (or coconut sugar for Paleo/Whole30)
    • smoked paprika
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
    • kosher salt
    • black pepper
    • paprika
    • cumin
    • dried mustard powder
    • chili powder
    • cayenne pepper
    dry rub ingredients

    How to make homemade dry rub

    • Simply mix all of the ingredients together. It’s ready to use straight away or store for later use.
    mixing spices to make bbq dry rub

    How do you use it?

    I love to use this spice rub on baked chicken wings, chicken breasts, ribs, steak, brisket and it’s great for making pulled pork. Just rub a tablespoon or two over the meat with your hands and then cook. If you prefer a wetter marinade, you can mix this seasoning with some oil.

    How long does this dry rub keep?

    Depending on how fresh your spices are, this seasoning will keep well for between 3 and 6 months. Store it in an airtight jar or container in a cupboard so that it’s out of direct sunlight and it doesn’t get too hot or too cold.

    dry rub for chicken in a glass jar

    Recipe Variations

    This dry rub is the perfect blend of sweet and smokey, and it has just a hint of spice from the cayenne and chili powder. This spice rub is not overly spicy at all, but if you are particularly sensitive to heat, you can skip the cayenne. If you would prefer a rub with some herby qualities, then you can add in a tablespoon of dried herbs like oregano or parsley.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Check that your spices aren’t stale before using them. Rub a little between your fingers and it should release an aroma. If it doesn’t, it’s time to replace it.
    • Store the bbq seasoning out of direct sunlight in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
    • This seasoning is also great to use on grilled or roasted veggies!
    • Simply the best chicken wing rub. So much flavor!
    dry rub for chicken wings in a glass container

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    Dry Rub

    This homemade dry rub is perfect for all of your summer grilling needs. Made with a blend of dried spices and brown sugar, this BBQ seasoning is a great rub for chicken, pork, steak and ribs.
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 8 servings
    Calories 25kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • In a small bowl, add all ingredients and mix well.
    • Use as a spice rub for chicken, steak, ribs, pulled pork, or smoked meat.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Check that your spices aren’t stale before using them. Rub a little between your fingers and it should release an aroma. If it doesn’t, it’s time to replace it.
    • Store the BBQ seasoning out of direct sunlight in an airtight container to keep it fresh.
    • This seasoning is also great to use on grilled or roasted veggies!

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Seasoning
    Cuisine American
    Keyword BBQ dry rub, BBQ seasoning, chicken bbq rub
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