Sweet BBQ Rub For Chicken

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken is a quick and easy dry BBQ rub that’s perfect for adding a lot of flavor to your grilled chicken or even pork!

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken -is an easy way to give boring chicken a lot of flavor. It's easy to make and cheaper than buying it from the store.

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken or Pork

Hello friends!! It feels like ages since I last posted! School was out for the summer last week so it was a little crazy around the house. So, I spent most of last week coming up with our summer schedule to help fight boredom because it was in full effect on the second day!

Summer is way too long when all I hear everyday is the ever dreaded words “I’m bored” every 5 minutes. However, they did figure it out pretty quickly that if they didn’t find something to do I was going to put them to work, lol!

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken -a super quick and easy spice rub for your grilled chicken. It also works great on grilled pork and it's a lot cheaper than buying rubs from the store.

So along with summer comes an easier menu and cooking on the grill to help keep the heat out of the house. I love grilled chicken but sometimes I forget to marinade it in the morning so I need something that will add flavor now! That’s where spice rubs come in handy but don’t buy them from the store when it’s so easy to make them yourself and it’s much more cost effective. Especially if you do a lot of grilling!

However, if you do want a great marinade for chicken this Simple Marinade for Chicken is a good one!

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken -a crazy simple way to dress up boring chicken. It's perfect for grilled chicken and even pork and making your own BBQ rub is much more cost effective!

So how do you use a rub on a chicken?

Great question because there are a couple of ways you can do this. First, if you are using a large cut of meat such as a whole chicken or if you are using this on a large cut of pork (roasts) I like to apply the rub and wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2+ hours. For a smaller piece of meat (chicken pieces, pork chops…) just apply it shortly before grilling.

To apply the rub dry the meat well with a paper towel. Sprinkle all sides of the meat with the spice rub coating it well then gently press the rub into the meat. You can also smear a small amount of olive oil on the meat after drying it. Then sprinkle with spice rub and rub it into the meat. I like to use a little oil when I am cooking dryer cuts of meat.

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken -a quick and easy recipe for a BBQ dry rub that's great on grilled chicken and even pork! Plus it's cheaper to create your own spice rubs for the summer than paying for that expensive bottle from the store!

Sweet and smokey rub recipe

This dry BBQ rub has a subtle smokey flavor to it. Don’t worry it’s not overwhelming just a subtle hint. It comes from smoked paprika but if you don’t like it don’t worry just omit it. It will still taste great without it.

Also, this rub is very customizable. If you want more heat feel free to up the amount of cayenne pepper. If there is a spice you really don’t like just omit it or replace it with something similar. Having said that don’t substitute the dark brown sugar or the kosher salt. Both are the vital components to a basic sweet rub.

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken -an easy spice rub recipe that's great for chicken and even pork! Plus, it's a lot cheaper than buying it from the store!

What to serve with this BBQ chicken?

I have several options for you!

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken is a quick and easy dry BBQ rub that's perfect for adding a lot of flavor to your grilled chicken or even pork! 

Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spice rub, sweet and smokey rub, sweet BBQ rub
Author: Malinda Linnebur
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (45g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon each chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine all ingredients. Store any leftovers in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. 

Recipe Notes

So how do you use a rub on a chicken?

Great question because there are a couple of ways you can do this. First, if you are using a large cut of meat such as a whole chicken or if you are using this on a large cut of pork (roasts) I like to apply the rub and wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2+ hours. For a smaller piece of meat (chicken pieces, pork chops...) just apply it shortly before grilling. 

To apply the rub dry the meat well with a paper towel. Sprinkle all sides of the meat with the spice rub coating it well then gently press the rub into the meat. You can also smear a small amount of olive oil on the meat after drying it. Then sprinkle with spice rub and rub it into the meat. I like to use a little oil when I am cooking dryer cuts of meat. 

Sweet and smokey rub recipe

This dry BBQ rub has a subtle smokey flavor to it. Don't worry it's not overwhelming just a subtle hint. It comes from smoked paprika but if you don't like it don't worry just omit it. It will still taste great without it. 

Also, this rub is very customizable. If you want more heat feel free to up the amount of cayenne pepper. If there is a spice you really don't like just omit it or replace it with something similar. Having said that don't substitute the dark brown sugar or the kosher salt. Both are the vital components to a basic sweet rub. 

What to serve with this BBQ chicken?

I have several options for you! 

Sweet BBQ Rub for Chicken -a quick and easy recipe for a BBQ dry rub that's great on grilled chicken and even pork! Plus it's cheaper to create your own spice rubs for the summer than paying for that expensive bottle from the store! #bbq #chicken #spicerub

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  • Julie Evink wrote:

    What a perfect recipe for summer grilling!!!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thanks Julie!! 🙂

  • Danielle Green wrote:

    I love that you added a little “sweet” to this rub!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I love a good sweet and slightly spicy BBQ!

  • Melissa Howell wrote:

    Ooh! I’ll totally have to try this!

    • Malinda wrote:

      It’s a great one for these hot days we are having, love to grill to keep the heat out of the house! 🙂

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