Best BBQ Dry Rub that can be used on chicken, beef, pork and fish. BBQ rub recipe that is simple to make and adds a great flavor to grilled meats.
I came up with this very simple BBQ rub after attending a grilling class a few years ago. The class gave me an idea of what seasonings to use in a rub, but I took it a step further and sat in my kitchen one afternoon and came up with about five or six different rub recipes. This is one that my friends and family have said is their favorite.
Ingredients needed for BBQ Dry Rub
For this recipe you are going to need just a few different spices, most of which you might already have on hand. You’ll need:
— Brown sugar
— Salt (I used freshly ground sea salt, but you can use kosher as well)
— Chili powder
— Black pepper
— Cayenne pepper
That’s it! With just these few ingredients, you are on your way to making your very own homemade BBQ rub.
How to make Chicken Rub recipe
First, place a fine mesh sifter over a small to medium mixing bowl. I like to pour all of the ingredients into the sifter, before mixing them together.
Shake the sifter side to side over the bowl while stirring the ingredients together while they are still in the sifter, this allows the ingredients to mix together better as they get sifted. You may notice that some of the ingredients will not sift through. This is especially true if you grind your own salt and pepper, instead of using pre ground seasonings.
The brown sugar also will need a little help being sifted, since it’s a little thicker than the rest of the seasonings. I like to use as fork or spoon to press the brown sugar through the sifter, this makes it easier to mix with the rest of the seasonings.
Once the rest of the seasonings have sifted through, discard the unsifted spices. Mix thoroughly with a fork. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
How should I apply the BBQ Rub to the meat I’m grilling?
You can put rub on whatever meat you are grilling, anywhere from immediately before you are ready to grill up to twenty four hours ahead of time. I have even seasoned a tri-tip and threw it in the freezer for a week or two before I grilled it.
To apply the rub, sprinkle the rub all over the piece of meat that you’re grilling, making sure to cover the entire surface.
There’s a common misconception that because this seasoning is called a rub, that you must massage or “rub” the seasoning into the meat.
While you can, I find that simply patting the rub onto most meats works just fine, others, I just sprinkle the rub over the meat.
BBQ Dry Rub
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
- ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
- Mix all seasonings together thoroughly, in a small mixing bowl. Sift the spices together to get a more uniform blend.
- Use immediately, or store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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How to grill chicken
After you’ve prepared your chicken and heated your grill, place the chicken on the grill.
Grill until juice from chicken runs clear. To make sure the chicken is really cooked all the way through, check the temperature. When it reaches 165º F it’s done.
To know when your chicken reaches the right temperature, your best tool is going to be a meat thermometer. My all-time favorite meat thermometer is the Thermapen. It’s super fast and incredibly durable. Another great meat thermometer is the ThermoPop which is a more basic version that works just as well!
How do you tenderize chicken?
Tenderizing your chicken makes a big difference. It’s really easy to do and only takes a couple of minutes.
One way is to place the chicken between two sheets of parchment paper and whack it on the thickest part of the chicken breast with a rolling pin or mason jar.
Another way is to put it in a gallon Ziplock bag and use the flat side of a meat mallet.
Only hit the thickest part of the meat to help even it out. The chicken will cook a lot more evenly if the meat is the same thickness all the way through.
Make sure you don’t over-pound your meat. A few good whacks will do the trick.
What types of meat goes best with this BBQ Rub Recipe?
This rub can be used on virtually any type of meat. I have used this rub on many different cuts of meat, from ground beef and ground elk for hamburgers, to tri tip, brisket, chicken and pork roasts.
Try it on some burgers with this Easy Cheeseburger Recipe.
I see cayenne pepper is an ingredient, is this Chicken rub recipe very spicy?
No, it’s not too spicy, it does have a little kick of heat though. You can always use a little less cayenne pepper if you are worried about it being too hot. I wouldn’t eliminate cayenne pepper completely from the recipe though, it adds a nice flavor to the rub.
How long will this BBQ Chicken Rub Recipe stay fresh before I have to use it
If you store this rub in an airtight container, it will stay fresh for up to six months.
This all purpose BBQ Chicken Rub Recipe is a great blend of different spices that will add a sweet and savory flavor to your favorite grilled meats. This chicken rub can be used on a variety of meats. With just a few ingredients this BBQ rub is simple to make and great to taste!