Homemade BBQ Dry Rub

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This homemade BBQ dry rub is so easy to make and uses ingredients you already have in your kitchen! You’ll want this recipe for all your summer BBQ recipes!

table with grilled zucchini, salad, cornbread, deviled eggs and ribs

Behind every good cook are really great spice blends, and this homemade BBQ dry rub will help elevate any dish! It is made with ingredients you already have in your pantry and is quick to come together.

The creation of this dry rub came from my ribs recipe. It is so flavorful and only costs cents to make in comparison to the expensive store-bought dry rub. It has become a pantry staple and I think it will for you too.

What to use this Homemade BBQ Dry Rub on

This dry rub is great for anything you are making on the BBQ, including:




Burger patties

Or, season any veggie!

Plate of wings made in the the air fryer with dry rub

Try this recipe with my Air Fryer Wings recipe!

What you’ll need

  1. Coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  2. Smoked Paprika
  3. Chili Powder
  4. Garlic Powder
  5. Onion Powder
  6. Black Pepper
  7. Cayenne Pepper
  8. Kosher Salt


Combine all spices in a small bowl and mix together. Use one tablespoon of spice blend per one pound of meat (or veggie!). Store leftovers in an airtight container and use for all your BBQ needs!

Variations of the BBQ Dry rub

  1. You can adjust the spice level by playing with the amount of cayenne pepper. If you want it to be spicy, try doubling the amount. Or, you can omit it altogether if you want it to be more of a mild flavor.
  2. I love the flavor of the smoked paprika, but you could also use regular paprika if that is all you have on hand.
  3. The sugar balances out the flavor but doesn’t make it too sweet. You could play around with the amount of sugar to make it more on the sweet side.

I’d love to hear how you use this recipe! Comment below with your favorite application!

Plate of air fryer wings with dry rub

BBQ Dry Rub

Simple dry rub using ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Great for all different meats!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings


  • 1 tbsp Coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Back Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt


  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl or small jar and mix together. Use one tablespoon per pound of meat.


This dry rub is great for any meat! Wings, chicken, burgers, or ribs are all great uses. 
Keyword Dinner, DIY, Easy

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