This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (2024)

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Posted: 07/17/20

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This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe is perfect for throwing on your grilled pork, chicken and more! You can even put 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.

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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!

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If I had to pick my favorite rub this would be it!

Why this recipe works!

  1. No preservatives.
  2. 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?
  3. You probably have everything you need right in your spice cabinet!
  4. Tastes 100 times better than store bought!
  5. It’s cheaper! Why spend $’s on something you can make yourself in ten minutes, saving yourself money and a trip to the store!

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!

Spices Needed

  • Kosher salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Smoked paprika
  • Granulated sugar
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Dry mustard
  • Cumin
  • Ginger

Steps to Prepare

  • 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.

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What can you put this 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.
  • My all time favorite way to use this is on this Easy Smoked Pork Butt.

Storage Tips

  • 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.
  • Use fresh spices that aren’t close to their expiration date when mixing up this rub.
  • If stored correctly rubs will last about a year.
  • 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.

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More terrific dry rubs and spice mixes!

  • Dry Rub for Ribs
  • BBQ Chicken Rub
  • Dry Rub for Pork
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning

This homemade 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!

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Sweet & Smoky Rub

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.

Prep:10 minutes mins

Total:10 minutes mins

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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Stir all ingredients together. Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.

Tips

Storage Tips

  • 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.
  • Use fresh spices that aren’t close to their expiration date when mixing up this rub.
  • If stored correctly rubs will last about a year.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 420kcal (21%), Carbohydrates: 102g (34%), Protein: 5g (10%), Fat: 3g (5%), Sodium: 22963mg (998%), Potassium: 720mg (21%), Fiber: 9g (38%), Sugar: 83g (92%), Vitamin A: 10345IU (207%), Calcium: 148mg (15%), Iron: 7.5mg (42%)

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We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box is calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.

Recipe Slightly Adapted from My Recipes

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  1. Aida Nieves says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (10)
    Put this on Everything ❤️

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    • Courtney says

      Love it!

      Reply

  2. Kathy Weyant says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (11)
    It was great, thank you

    Reply

  3. Tommette Cuebas says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (12)
    Coming from a long line of GA cooks, I tried this recipe on country style pork ribs. Needless to say it passed all my food critic’s taste tests. This is one recipe we will definitely make again!

    Reply

    • the Evinks says

      Awesome to hear!! Thanks for commenting and rating the recipe!

      Reply

  4. Papa says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (13)
    great on a pork shoulder and smoked.

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    • the Evinks says

      This is our fave pork shoulders too! So glad you are enjoying this rub. Thanks for commenting and rating the recipe!

      Reply

  5. Dawn says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (14)
    Delicious, my grandson who is 9 is a picky eater and loves this on his chicken!! My husband and I love this.

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    • the Evinks says

      It’s our fave rub!! So glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  6. ROBERT BECK says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (15)
    Hello, I’ve tried a lot of different seasonings, blends and mixes. I was looking for something to use on grilled chicken breast and so far I like this one the best. One of the posts says it was to salty, for me i thought it was a little light so i sprinkled a little on after I tasted it. Everyones palate is different i think you’ll like it….give it a try.

    Bob

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    • Julie Evink says

      So true Bob! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      Reply

  7. Ray andrews says

    Thought it was way way too salty

    Reply

  8. roving says

    This delicious, easy Sweet and Smoky Rub recipe! (16)
    This looks like an interesting rub! Going to clip it and try it, THX.

    I was looking for a hard to find spice rub online and because of the name….your site came up.

    The name of the rub is “Gimme Steak” from Just Cook. It looks like they are no longer making it.

    I used this grilling rub on a flank steak in complement to a Korean Barbecue Gochugaru/Ginger compound butter for finishing and the result was OUT of this world.

    Any ideas on reproducing it?

    Ingredients listing:
    salt
    black peppercorn
    white peppercorn
    green peppercorn
    pink peppercorn
    ancho
    licorice
    lemon
    garlic
    cumin
    oregano

    The rub has a powdery consistency, and though peppers and salt are the leading ingredients, this rub in orange in color, presumably from the ancho chili powder

    Whaddaya think?

    Reply

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