Homemade Dry Spice Rub Recipe for Pork

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This dry rub recipe is filled with sweet and spicy flavors, and it’s perfect for pork, ribs, chicken, and so much more! Comes together in less than 10 minutes and includes brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika.

Dry spice rub in white bowl

In the mood for some good barbecue? This recipe for homemade dry spice rub is great for all types of meat including ribs, pork, chicken, steak, and even seafood!

Why This Homemade Dry Rub Recipe Works

  • This dry rub recipe is super easy to prepare and includes just a handful of simple ingredients! With just a few simple steps, you’ll have a bold dry rub ready in no time.
  • Pantry friendly! You can easily double this recipe to make a larger batch to keep around in the pantry. Just be sure to keep in an airtight container.
  • This homemade spice dry rub recipe is perfect for pulled pork, BBQ ribs, shredded chicken, fish, or beef! My favorite way to eat this dry rub is on grilled pork chops, yummy!
Mason jar filled with homemade spice dry rub recipe for ribs or pork


The ingredients list for this homemade dry spice rub recipe is incredibly short and simple! With just a handful of common ingredients found in the pantry, you’ll have a transformative spice rub in no time. All you need is dark brown sugar, kosher salt, garlic powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne powder, and black pepper. I highly suggest sticking to kosher salt and dark brown sugar.

Pulled pork on buns with BBQ sauce

How do you make pork rub from scratch?

This homemade dry rub recipe is so easy! Get ready to dive into the amazing flavors this spice rub has to offer because you’re going to love it for your next main protein.



Close view of dry rub in white jar with spoon


What is dry rub seasoning?

Dry rub seasoning is a mixture of seasonings and flavors mended together to create the ultimate flavor profile for meats and other proteins. The seasoning usually consists of salt, garlic powder, paprika, sometimes sugar, and other savory ingredients.

How to dry rub chicken?

Simply coat the chicken in the dry rub ingredients with your hands and allow the chicken to sit in the refrigerator with the chicken for no more than four hours.

How long can you dry rub pork or ribs?

You can allow your pork or ribs to sit in the dry rub overnight or up to 24 hours.

Can you leave a rub on too long?

Yes! You can absolutely leave a rub on for too long. The high salt content can cause the surface area to dry out and become “tough”.

What is the purpose of a dry rub?

The purpose of a dry rub is to give whatever you’re coating the rub with added flavor! By rubbing the protein or meat in a dry rub filled with spices and seasonings, then you are transferring all of those flavors to it.

How do I store the leftovers?

Store the leftovers in a mason jar, airtight bag, or other type of airtight storage container. The dry rub recipe should last for one to two years.

Garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, brown sugar, and garlic powder in white jar with spoon

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5 from 2 votes
Dry rub recipe in white bowl with scoop
Homemade Dry Spice Rub Recipe for Pork
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

This dry rub recipe is filled with sweet and spicy flavors, and it's perfect for pork, ribs, chicken, and so much more! Comes together in less than 10 minutes and includes brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and smoked paprika.

Course: barbecue, BBQ, Chicken, Grilling, Main Course, Pork, Sauce, Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dry spice rub recipe for pork, dry spice rub recipe for ribs, homemade spice rub recipe
Calories: 521 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Store in a small mason jar or old spice containers or any airtight container.

  2. TO USE: Sprinkle liberally on both sides of the meat before placing on the grill. Or sprinkle on meat and wrap up tightly in plastic wrap for a couple of hours (I like to do this for larger cuts of meat) before placing on the grill.

Recipe Notes
  1. When grilling with this rub you will want to grill low and slow or the brown sugar may burn
  2. I don’t recommend substituting the dark brown sugar or kosher salt in this recipe for something else
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Dry Spice Rub Recipe for Pork
Amount Per Serving
Calories 521 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 21106mg918%
Potassium 697mg20%
Carbohydrates 129g43%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 108g120%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 5836IU117%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 173mg17%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

8 thoughts on “Homemade Dry Spice Rub Recipe for Pork”

  1. 5 stars
    Great rub! My wife doesn’t like a real spicy rub so against instructions I cut the cayenne pepper back to a teaspoon. My wife and I agree next time use the Tablespoon.

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, although I didn’t have kosher salt and used pink Himalayan….my son said, “from now on, you need to make the ribs exactly like this!” We’ve always used bbq sauce…well, no more! Although I did finally buy kosher salt so I’ll try that next time!

  3. Grilling is a favorite at our house.
    We grill year round, snow will NOT stop us from starting up our grill.
    I have some rub recipes, but you can never have too many.
    I like to change things up when I grill, have to keep our taste buds happy.
    I’ve used both dark brown and light brown sugars, I tend to favor the dark brown sugar in my rubs.
    I also agree with wrapping the meat in plastic wrap and leaving in the frig.
    It works for me wonderfully, the meat taste is stepped up in my opinion.
    Thanks Malinda!


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