Last Updated April 27th, 2018 at 02:32 pm by Lisa
This Homemade Grill & BBQ Rub is easy, inexpensive, and preservative free! Save money and use up extra spices you already have on hand in your kitchen. Let’s rock those grill skills today in a new way, and save you a little money by using up extra spices you already have on hand…
Why I Love This Homemade Grill & BBQ Rub (and Why You Will Too)
Store spice rubs can be a bit too salty, smoky and full of preservatives for my taste. Once I starting making my Homemade Grill & BBQ Dry Rub, it quickly became our go-to way of seasoning.
Our favorite ideas are listed below to inspire “grilling greatness and raves” at your next family dinner or outdoor grill party.
All the credit for this dry rub recipe goes to my Brother Craig and his Wife Krisztina. They shared this amazing rub recipe many years ago with me, and I was inspired to learn how to make my own rub and grill like Craig, because his food is amazing! Like most people, I always bought rub spice mixes from the store. The taste of this stuff is just perfectly balanced and it gives a nice color to the grilled meats and veggies.
My brother Craig became an expert in BBQ over the years. Several years ago on Fourth of July, Craig taught me how to smoke ribs and make the BEST BBQ pulled pork ever. Now we can’t imagine not having those dishes with friends and family each Fourth of July. We had a great time getting up very early and he taught me how to set up the smoker and make the dry rub. What a fun cooking project to learn with my brother, it’s easily accomplished with a smoker from a home improvement store, a nice cut of meat (like ribs or pork loin), and this rub.
Let’s just say over the years I have put this lovely dry rub on almost everything we grill, and even on popcorn! It works well on veggies, chicken, steak, beef, and pork. I love this rub. Really. Right now, I have several jars of the stuff just waiting…but not for long.
There are so many ways to use this rub. Here are a few ideas…
Chicken BBQ Rub
This BBQ rub is fantastic on grilled chicken. Apply BBQ sauce in the last 5 minutes.
Beef BBQ Rub
It’s a perfect beef BBQ rub too. It’s especially good on tri-tip, ribs, burgers, and steaks.
TIP: Buy meat on sale, make portions ready to grill, sprinkle rub pieces, and freeze in zip lock bags or with a FoodSaver.
Pork BBQ Rub
Try this dry rub on Pork Loin Pulled Pork: Oven Roasted Low and Slow… just use this rub and a pork loin to make your pulled pork in the oven!
Two More Ways to Use This BBQ Rub
- Corn on the Cob-rub butter stick on corn and sprinkle on, wrap in foil set on grill.
- Add to popcorn…yes that’s what I said, it’s great!
A few years ago, my husband and I gave this Homemade Grill & BBQ Dry Rub as our Christmas gift to friends and family. We had a tight budget that year, and ordered inexpensive little spice bottles and labels off the internet.
Pretty cute little gift, don’t you agree? We had fun designing the label and people got a kick out of our gift creativity and really loved it!
PS – Isn’t my husband a cutie? : D
All The Best Dishes,
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 3 tablespoons cracked black pepper
- 3 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons lemon pepper
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons celery seeds
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to mix.
Store in an airtight jar out of light and heat. It will keep for at least 6 months.
Ways to use the Dry Rub: - Fantastic on grilled chicken, apply BBQ sauce last 5 minutes. - Especially good on tri-tip, ribs, burgers, and steaks. - Corn on the Cob - Rub butter stick on corn, sprinkle rub on, wrap in foil set on grill. - Add to pop-corn...yes it's great! - Buy meat on sale, make portions ready to grill, sprinkle rub, and freeze in zip lock bags or with a FoodSaver.