Perfect BBQ Rub

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Perfect BBQ Rub is the real deal.

This rub takes your Slow-Cooker Ribs, Grilled Cowboy Ribeye, and BBQ Brisket Sandwiches to the next level.  And you can keep it in your pantry for weeks!

Hands adding a BBQ rub to brisket next to a Crock-Pot slow cooker.


Most of the ingredients you are already going to have in your pantry and spice rack to make this amazing rub.

You’ll need:

  • Brown sugar, we prefer dark
  • Smoked paprika, smoked is the best!
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic and onion powders
  • Ground coriander
  • Dried oregano
  • Cayenne
  • Celery salt


We like to make a double, or triple, batch of our Perfect BBQ Rub.

The rub will keep for up to 6 months in an air-tight container. This rub is so good, its even great sprinkled on scrambled eggs, hamburgers or grilled fish.

It’s so fast and easy to put together, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again!

Fingers holding a dry rub for slow cooker baby back ribs.

We just love to barbecue. The flavors are so bold and just delicious.

The history of BBQ is pretty fascinating, too.

But we can honestly say, you can’t have great BBQ without a great BBQ rub.

The grilled cowboy ribeye has the perfect ancho rub applied to the meat


Ready to take your favorite barbecue dish to the next level? We’ve got you covered with our Perfect BBQ Rub.

And by the way, since you’ve got the perfect rub, you might as well go with the best-ever Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce!

The rub, the sauce, and the right technique will produce some of the best homemade BBQ you’ve ever had in your life! Just look at the BBQ ribs!  Now that’s what you call tantalizingly delicious!

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs on a cutting board

Okay folks, it’s time for some barbecue!  Yee-haw!

And whatever dish you’re making, be sure to take a picture, post on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and #howtofeedaloon!

A small pile of a perfect BBQ rub sitting on a wooden cutting board.

Perfect BBQ Rub

This is truly the Perfect BBQ Rub. Use it on chicken, pork and beef! Yum!
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Course: BBQ
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: BBQ rub, homemade bbq rub, Rub for barbecue, Spices
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 49kcal


  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp coriander ground
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp celery salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk with a fork until completely combined.
  • Store in air-tight container for up to 6 months.


Rub will keep fresh in an air-tight container for up to 6 months. 
We prefer dark brown sugar, but you can also use light brown sugar, too. 


Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1223IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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