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Sweet and Smoky Rub

Sweet and Smoky Rub is a perfect to have on hand to season pork, chicken, vegetables and more. A simple homemade rub that will elevate your next meal on the grill.

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We prefer to mix up our own spice rubs to get the perfect blend and it’s the best way to control the salt and heat in your recipes.

Sweet and smoky rub in a jar with a spoon.

It only takes a few minutes to mix up this Sweet and Smoky Rub and it’s perfectly fine to mix up a double batch and keep it in the pantry for your next grilling recipe.

Ingredients for sweet and smoky rub.

Ingredients Needed

  • Brown Sugar ~ Use dark or light, whatever you have on hand.
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Granulated Onion
  • Chili Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Ground Cinnamon – It may sound out of the ordinary but it just adds a depth of warm flavor to the rub. It’s compliments the other spices without being overwhelming.
Jar of dry rub in front of a seasoned pork butt.

Directions for Homemade Rub

Bowl of dry rub with a spoon.

Add all of the ingredients to a bow and whisk together until well blended.

Store in an airtight container in the pantry up to 3 months, stir with a fork before using, the brown sugar will clump.

Directions for Seasoning Meat

Pork butt on a grill.

For a pork butt, we used the entire batch. For pork chops or chicken, use 1/2 tablespoon per pork chop or piece of chicken.

Our sweet and smoky rub is filled with warm spices that make the best pulled pork. We love pulled pork for sandwiches, burritos, enchiladas and more.

This sweet and smoky rub is a great addition to just about any meal on the grill. It is preservative free and uses pantry ingredients that come together for a delicious seasoning blend.

More Dry Rub Recipes to Try

Steak Rub is a delicious mixture that we literally put on everything including, brisket, burgers, pork chops, and of course steak.

Best Dry Rub is a classic brown sugar rub that has a little more of a spicy kick with garlic and brown sugar. Great for pork, chicken and beef.

Sweet Garlic and Onion Rub is another favorite that is great on everything steaks, pork chops, chicken and vegetables.

Closeup of jar of dry rub.

If you are looking for a delicious homemade rub for pork butt, pork chops or grilled chicken, this Sweet and Smoky Rub has amazing flavors to compliment grilled meats.

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Dry rub in a bowl with a spoon.Sweet and Smoky Rub is a perfect to have on hand to season pork, chicken, vegetables and more. A simple homemade rub that will elevate your next meal on the grill.

Sweet and Smoky Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Sweet and Smoky Rub is a perfect to have on hand to season pork, chicken, vegetables and more. A simple homemade rub that will elevate your next meal on the grill.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, garlic, onion, paprika, chili powder, pepper and ground cinnamon.
  2. Whisk together until well combined.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the pantry up to 3 months. Stir with a fork before using.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1013mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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