All Purpose BBQ Rub

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Happy Monday!  I figured I would start this week’s posts with an all purpose BBQ rub since it is supposed to reach the 80’s by Tuesday in Chicago, which is perfect ”crack a cold one, throw some meat on the grill after work” weather.  This versatile rub is great on ribs, pork chops or loins and chicken.  Whatever you use it on, it adds layers of flavor – smokiness, sweetness and a bit of heat all in one!  It is even better if used when smoking meat.  Make a big batch and store in an airtight container to use all grilling season long.

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All Purpose BBQ Rub

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  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Spice, Rub


  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well to combine. Sprinkle and rub onto chops, ribs or chicken 30 minutes prior to grilling or smoking.
  2. Store extra rub in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  3. Recipe yields about 3/4 cup.

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