Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub

Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub

Here’s a great way to be the “Life of the Party,” make a batch of Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub!

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and all those 4th of July parties, here’s an easy, inexpensive gift (with a free printable).

You can make and take this delicious Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub to all of your soon to be delighted hosts. It’s also perfectly patriotic to use it on your own grill. Mix it up and get ready to dish it out!

 

 

 

 

“It’s not a real barbecue until the fire department shows up!” Ina Garten

Try this Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub on everything! You'll find it amazingly delicious on beef, pork, and chicken..it's all so good!
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Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub

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Prepare batches of this spicy gift. It’s the perfect base for pork butts, ribs, steaks, chicken, and more.

Go ahead and double or triple, (as many times as you’d like), when making this rub for gifts.

Save all of your little jars, grab some twine, and print the tags for a perfect thank you gift.

Stir together all ingredients.  Store in airtight container for up to 1 year.  Store in a cool, dry place.

Share with guests at your BBQ.  They make a delightful favor! Add a little place card to each jar because all of your friends will be asking for your recipe anyway!!!

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Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub
 
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Try this Smoky Sweet Barbecue Rub on everything! You'll find it amazingly delicious on beef, pork, and chicken..it's all good.
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Recipe type: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients.
  2. Store in airtight container for up to 1 year, in a cool, dry place.
Notes
You can double, triple, (or whatever you'd like), this recipe, when making this for gifts. I like to do it this time of the year and share with all my family and friends at parties, for birthdays, and it's a great tasty last minute gift for MOM on her big day!

Recipe credit: Southern Living

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About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

45 Comments

  1. ROBERT LEE

    This is a great idea, and it makes it so much easier for people to prepare, cook and eat. Nowadays, convenience is a premium.

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  2. Swayam Tiwari

    Ha ha ha, till the fire department shows up!What a great way to build expectancy around your recipe!One of these days, you must post a picture of your grandchildrean , children and everyone in your family.That is my favourite recipe, would you agree?

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    • Renée

      Hey Swayam, yes our favorite recipes have been our families. You can see our family pictures here. A couple of times we have needed the fire department!!!

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  3. Noel

    I love barbecue! this is a super easy recipe and I’ll be making it to use this summer!
    ps – great suggestion on doubling and tripling the recipe to use for gifts. I’m just not sure I’d be giving much away!
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    • Renée

      Thanks so much Noel, I do use quite a bit myself. That’s why I make extra and give it away! Everyone likes it as much as I do, thanks.

      Reply
  4. Beth

    For guests who like barbecue, this sounds like this perfect recipe! And it seems like it would be fairly easy to prepare, even for a novice like me! Great post~

    =Beth

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  5. Andrea

    This sounds like an easy recipe to do – and a tasty recipe to make! Wait til the summer…. 🙂

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  6. Stella @ Travelerette

    Your recipes are all so tempting! I just love good BBQ. It’s hard for me to do it because I live in a city, but I can always try this rub out on some meat I cook myself. I am getting hungry now just thinking about it!
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  7. Brandie

    Oh my, this would be great in grilled veggies…… Perfect gifts! Thanks 🙂

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  8. Eloise

    this rub sounds fantastic, i can’t wait to try it! I LOVE smoky sweet barbecue flavors, put it on some ribs or chicken, add corn on the cob, and salad and you’ve got yourself a good meal… it reminds me of summer! yum!
    Eloise recently posted…Kick Back & EnjoyMy Profile

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  9. KATR

    My husband has is own special “secret recipe” BBQ rub that he uses on all of the meats that he grills. To tell you the truth, even I don’t really know what all he puts in it. The grill is HIS domain and that is just fine with me! 😉

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  10. Klaudia

    Aw , what a sweet idea . These little jars look so cute , what a lovely touch to have some prepared and give them to your guests . I love things like this , this as well belongs to the little things in life ! Just lovely !

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  11. Melanie Frost

    Ooh! And these are items we already have in our pantry! I can’t wait to try it on our chicken.
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    • Alison

      That is my favorite thing when I can actually make what I find online! Hope you love it as much as we do!

      Reply
  12. Maria

    This is quite inspiring. My mom and I have been really exploring for new recipes to try. Thank you for sharing this. I hope we could do it like the way you did it.

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    • Alison

      It is so easy you will have no trouble making it just like the recipe!

      Reply
  13. Leigh Anne Borders

    This looks yummy. I think I want to make some of this and give to the men in my life for Father’s Day.

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    • Renée

      They’ll be pleased, and we like this idea!

      Reply
  14. Raya

    Ohh omg this looks so amazing!! Can’t wait to make this for my mom this Mother’s Day! 🙂

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  15. aika

    I’ve bookmarked this recipe! My dad loves barbecues and grilling! So with the recipe and the suggested cute little jar, I think I’ll give this as a gift to my dad on Father’s day. Then we’ll enjoy the barbecue together. Thank you!

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    • Renée

      Great idea Aika, thanks!

      Reply
  16. Dorothy Mae C. Torretijo

    All your recipes are very helpful!! No words can explain how I love your blog. Can’t wait to try this sweet barbecue at home!!

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  17. Jacqui Odell

    We love smoking and bbqing during the summer! I will have to try this rub sometime.

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    • Renée

      We’d love it too, please tell us what you think!

      Reply
  18. ria c

    I always buy my rubs from the nearby grocery. i didn’t realize I can make my own. You see, I’m very challenged when it comes to cooking and baking or anything involving kitchen stuff. So, this is quite a pleasant surprise.

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    • Alison

      They are so easy to make that you will never want to buy them again! Save that money and yourself something fancy!

      Reply
  19. NYA

    This recipe sounds really easy to do, and it’s such a great idea. Will definitely try one of these days.

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  20. Lily Travella

    This is such a great idea! And you’ve made it look so easy to make. Great way to jazz up your food a bit and make it more interesting.

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    • Alison

      Yes, Lily, it is so easy and perfect for hostess gifts!

      Reply
  21. Rhian westbury

    I love barbeque. This sounds absolutely lovely, definitely something I need to give a go making x

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  22. sabine

    This is great! The grilling is starting here in Stockholm. In my blogpost of tomorrow, you’ll see that we have been grilling. I love pork on the grill. This BBQ rub seems great to try out with pork. I like to marinade meat differently so that you have different tasts while grilling outside. I love the smell of BBQ, it has all to do with a good rub too !

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  23. maryam

    This is the cutest gift ! It changes from all the industrialized gift. And it’s for a barbecue isn’t that amazing ?

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  24. anne

    This recipe is so tempting to make! It sounds amazing!

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    • Alison

      Thanks! It is pretty tempting!

      Reply
  25. Kalliopi Sakellariou

    Wow I didn’t know about this. I always search for new things to spicy up my kitchen a little bit. This sounds great!

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  26. Karla

    Everything is better with brown sugar! Sweet and smoky – sounds perfect!

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  27. Berlin

    The only ingredient i am not familiar with is the cumin. Is there an alternate for that or would my barbecue taste different if i do not put some cumin. My boys and even their father love barbecues.

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  28. Swayam Tiwari

    Alison, what happens to us poor diabetics?Please do something for us, my friend. Your recipes are so utterly sinful ;))).Looking for some more awsome stuff from you.

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  29. Dominic Barrios

    Interesting give-aways for families and friends. Looks easy to prepare and not really that expensive. But the nice packaging you created here still makes the whole thing “classy” for any person who will be the receiving end of this nice gift. I’m curious though how this tastes like 🙂
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  30. Karmela Mirriam Ebreo

    I looooove barbecue! I’ll give this a try. Gifting it is also a great idea. This can be a fantastic giveaway too 🙂

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    • Alison

      This will add a perfect kick to your barbecue and it is the BEST hostess gift!

      Reply
  31. SAm

    Wow! this is delicious and really helpful. For those who want their barbecue grilled perfectly. I find that people have their own recipes. So cute!

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    • Renée

      I just made my big new batch for parties this weekend Sam. It’s great stuff!

      Reply

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