This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe is perfect for throwing on your grilled pork, chicken and more! You can even throw it on things like sweet potatoes, zucchini, cauliflower steaks, or any type of vegetable! It’s so versatile and great to have mixed up in your pantry.
Sweet and Smoky Rub
When you open your spice cabinet or drawer, what do you find? Spices like garlic, cumin, pepper, salt, brown sugar, chili powder, cinnamon, cayenne and ginger, right? I bet there are a ton of spices and the best thing about this Sweet and Smoky Rub is that you won’t even have to purchase anything to make it more than likely!
I live in a town of 5,000 people. There is not any fancy groceries around this part of Minnesota!
I was looking for a new rub to use on my SUPER SIMPLE Pork Butt I was going to grill and that’s why I found this rub. It’s soooo good and the trick is that you sprinkle a little more in the meat after you smoke and shred it. The recipe will be up in a few days for that, but I had to show you the rub recipe first!
What is a dry rub?
- A rub is a mixture of spices that is used to rub directly on meat or sprinkle on vegetables to impart a ton of flavor!
How do you make a sweet and smokey rub?
- simply measure the ingredients
- mix them together
- add them to a screw top jar or airtight container
- store in your pantry away from direct light and heat
You’ll love how easy this spice rub is to make, sealed well, homemade spice rubs will keep about a year. AND you’ll use it on just about everything!
Why make your own Sweet and Smokey Rub?
- No preservatives.
- You can customize the flavors! Want it to taste smokey – add a touch more smoked paprika, sweeter? Add a bit more brown sugar – you get it right?
- You probably have everything you need right in your spice cabinet!
- Tastes 100 times better than store bought!
- It’s cheaper! Why spend $’s on something you can make yourself in ten minutes, saving yourself money and a trip to the store!
- Be sure to write the date on the outside of the jar so you know when you made the rub. I use masking tape or a small canning label.
List for Sweet and Smoky Rub
- Kosher salt
- Brown sugar
- Smoked paprika
- Granulated sugar
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Dry mustard
What can you put a rub on?
This rub is terrific on pork or chicken. It’s dynamite on sweet potatoes, the sugar and spices are just so yummy. It’s mighty tasty on vegetables like grilled zucchini or green beans and cauliflower. Really you can use this rub on any of your favorite veggies!
More terrific dry rubs and spice mixes!
- Mike’s All Purpose Dry Rub – Foodal
- BBQ Chicken Rub – Gimme Some Grilling
- Dry Rub for Ribs, Chicken and More – Center Cut Cook
- Dry Rub for Pork – Gimme Some Grilling
- Smokey Spice Rub – Little Figgy Food
- Montreal Steak Seasoning – Gimme Some Grilling
Do you have a favorite dry rub? What would spice rub recipe would you like to see on the blog? Be sure to comment below or hit reply and let me know!
Before I go, I want to share just a couple more things about dry rubs.
How best to store spices and how long do they last?
- Store spices in a screw top container with the lid tightly closed.
- Keep your spices in the pantry away from direct light.
- Storing spices away from heat will help them last longer.
- When you use your spices, use dry measuring spoons. Even the slightest amount of water on a spoon can spoil the contents of the rest of the jar.
This Sweet and Smokey Rub has such great flavor and enhances everything you sprinkle it on! I know when you make it you’ll be putting it on so many things! If you love this as much as we please comment and leave five star rating below!
Ooh and don’t forget when you make this be sure to tag me on Instagram!
This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe is perfect for throwing on your grilled pork, chicken and more! You can even throw it on things like sweet potatoes, zucchini, cauliflower steaks, or any type of vegetable! It's so versatile and great to have mixed up in your pantry.
- 1/4 c. kosher salt
- 1/4 c. dark brown sugar firmly packed
- 3 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground dry mustard
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground ginger
Stir all ingredients together. Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.
Recipe Slightly Adapted from My Recipes