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My BBQ Rub Recipe

What is now my BBQ rub recipe started out as a recipe I picked up 15+ years ago. I’ve tried to find the source to quote it, but have been unable to figure it out. It’s changed markedly since then with a couple major changes and loads of tweaks over the years.

It’s not the only rubbed I use, but it’s what I use most often. I don’t think there’s one right rub, especially from person to person, but this one is tried and true. I’ve used it on everything from brisket to ribs to chicken and typically will add some to my pit beans.

As you can see from the photo above, I’ve mostly settled on Badia brand spices. They’ve got a great selection, great quality and are, generally, a great value for the money.


Saving Money on Spices

My biggest tip on saving money buying spices is… buy in bulk. If you look at the per ounce cost between a small shaker and a big container, the difference can be drastic


Secret Spices…

Of course, none of the spices are really secret, because they’re pictured above but a couple that really stand out are…

Flatiron Peppers – I first became aware of these year’s ago when on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado. I’ll get super specific and say that I was at the Country Market of Estes Park. A small grocery store, deli and gas station.  One of the owners was giving away samples. We chatted and tried their peppers and have been hooked ever since.  Regular red pepper flakes just don’t do it any more.  We have and use all their varieties but for my rub I use two Four Pepper Blend and Dark and Smoky. Tip: as each of these shakers gets more and more empty the small powdered peppers at the bottom are much hotter.  For the rub, I’m looking for the large chunkier pepper flakes as I don’t want to blow anyone away with heat.

Gebhart’s Chili Powder – I’ve tried a bunch of chili powder for different things and Gebhart’s is just my favorite.

On to the recipe, when I have a link to a specific spice, I’ll include it…

My BBQ Rub Recipe

1/2 Cup Sugar in the Raw

3 TB Kosher Salt
4 TB Gebhart’s Chili Powder
2 TB Chipotle Powder
2 TB Ground Pepper
2 TB Smoked Paprika
2 TB Lemon Pepper
2 TB Celery Salt
1 TB Garlic Powder
1 TB Garlic Flakes

2 TSP Flat Iron Four Pepper Blend Pepper Flakes
2 TSP Flat Iron Dark and Smoky Pepper Flakes
2 TSP Cayenne Pepper
2 TSP Celery Seed
1/2 TSP Cinnamon

Savory Option: There isn’t a whole lot of sugar in this rub, but there is a little. If you’re looking for a completely savory option, leave out the sugar and the cinnamon. The cinnamon isn’t sweet, but I think it gives a slight impression of sweetness.

After adding most of the 1 and 2 tablespoon additionsAfter adding most of the spicesEverything combinedLike a lot of people I like to re-use spice containers for storing and shaking my rub. I really like the larger Badia containers for doing these as they have much larger holes compared to a lot of the brands. Lids for McCormick and such generally have small holes that are unusable for rub. As you can see Badia’s are nice and large.
In the shaker! Tip: My rub (and probably a lot of rubs) have spices of different sizes. The heavier spices are going to tend to sink to the bottom. Shake the container thoroughly before applying and periodically as you work your way around.

Tip: wrap your rub shaker in food wrap when it comes to applying. This allows you to grab it with meaty/contaminated hands. When prep is done, discard the food wrap and whammo!
Some St Louis cut ribs trimmed, membrane removed and ready for rub application. I use a Rubbermaid Commercial Products FG334900GRAY Standard Bus/Utility Box for this. It’s food grade, large enough to hold a lot of meat. Applying rub in this, saves rub and saves cleanup time and hassle.

Rub applied. Tip: I use NItrile gloves when applying rub. Not only can I discard those when done to help prevent cross contamination, they protect my hands from spices. I love delicious smelling hands and all, but that can get to be a bit much. Also, I wear contacts. Even after multiple hand washings I would be able to tell you that this rub has a little bit of spice in it… when it comes time to take contacts out
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End result, look at that beautiful mahogany color

Longer term storage of rubs and spices

I’ve found that spices store pretty well in the containers that they come in. But, if you’re making larger batches of rub or storing for longer periods of time, you may want to add some extra freshness protection.

Putting food wrap directly on the bottle and then replacing the cap gives a better, more oxygen resistant seal.

Vacuum sealing + storing in the freezer is probably the best way to store larger amounts of spices for a longer time.

The video below shows me sealing some of my rub using an Inkbird Vacuum Sealer

This vac sealer sealing some of my BBQ Rub. See: Hands on Review via my Homebrewing website Homebrew Finds

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Also My BBQ Rub Recipe

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Traeger Grills Coffee Rub

Highlighted Features
  • Great Tasting Cooking Seasoning: Features coffee and black pepper flavors
  • Compatible Meat/Proteins: The perfect BBQ rub to complement your beef or veggies
  • Easy Storage: Rub comes in a stackable aluminum tin container
  • Kosher, gluten free, and GMO free
  • Made in USA

Traeger Grills SPC172 Coffee Rub with Coffee and Black Pepper – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Happy Belly BBQ Rub, 25 Ounce… $9.48 + Free Prime Ship

Highlighted Features
  • One 25-ounce bottle of Happy Belly Smoked BBQ Rub
  • Kosher certified
  • Smoky, sweet barbeque flavor with a balanced blend of salt, paprika, onion and garlic
  • Use on beef, pork, ribs, chicken, shrimp, fish and vegetables
  • Satisfaction Guarantee: We’re proud of our products. If you aren’t satisfied, we’ll refund you for any reason within a year of purchase. 1-877-485-0385
  • An Amazon Brand

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Amazon Brand – Happy Belly Pork Rub, 3.5 Ounce – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper, 10.3 oz

Highlighted Features
  • Lawry's Seasoned Pepper features a premium blend of sugar, spices, sweet red bell peppers and black pepper for unmatched consistency and well-rounded flavor
  • Seasoned all-pepper is kosher with no monosodium glutamate (MSG) added; no artificial colors and no flavors from artificial sources for an authentic taste in every recipe
  • Since 1938, Lawry's has created sensational seasoning for your entire menu, providing flavor solutions to help chefs stay on top of consumer preferences and menu trends
  • Lawry's coarse ground blend delivers pungent, restaurant-proven flavor to vegetables, potatoes, seafood and tenderloin applications
  • Chefs can use Lawry's Seasoned Pepper to elevate any dish over the level that traditional salt and pepper can achieve

Lawry’s Seasoned Pepper, 10.3 oz – One 10.3 Ounce of Seasoned All Pepper for a Well-Rounded Flavor of Black Pepper, Sweet Red Bell Peppers, Sugar and Spices – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Lawry’s Coarse Ground Garlic Salt, 33 oz – $8.54 + free prime ship

Highlighted Features
  • Lawry’s garlic salt features a premium blend of salt, garlic and parsley
  • Perfectly sized large seasoning bottle works great for professional chefs who need to spice up multiple dishes
  • No MSG garlic salt blend
  • Garlic parsley salt provides long-lasting, fresh taste that will kick meals up a notch
  • Delicious seasoning is perfect for flavoring chicken, steaks, seafood, vegetables and more

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Lawry’s Coarse Ground Garlic Salt With Parsley, 33 oz  – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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2 lbs Hickory Smoked Sea Salt!

Highlighted Features
  • AUTHENTICALLY SMOKED OVER ALL NATURAL HICKORYWOOD - Pure sea salt is slowly smoked above a Hickorywood fire for a clean, POWERFUL BBQ HICKORY FLAVOR without any harshness or bitterness.
  • RICH, AROMATIC FRESH-OFF-THE-GRILL FLAVOR - Hickory is an iconic BBQ flavor that adds an aromatic intensely smoky bacon flavor to any food that it garnishes. 
  • FINE GRAIN - Ready to use Fine Grain.
  • 100% NATURAL SMOKED SEA SALT - Our Smoked Hickory Sea Salt is Non-GMO and does not contain any MSG, Soy, Gluten, Dairy, or anti-caking agents. Packaged in our U.S.A., SQF Quality code, Organic compliant facility.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: Here at the San Francisco Salt Company we are confident that you will be completely satisfied with our products, which is why we stand behind every single item that we sell. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase reach out to us directly and we will make it right.

Hickory Smoked Sea Salt 2 lb. Bag – Fine Grain by San Francisco Salt Company – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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2 lbs Ground Celery Salt

Highlighted Features
  • Yes!!! Fast-n-Free Shipping (2-3 Business Days)
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  • Yes!!! Kosher & Gluten Free
  • Yes!!! Packed in USA

2 lbs Ground Celery Salt /Sal de Apio Molido Gluten Free Kosher – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Happy Belly Pork Rub

Highlighted Features
  • One 3.5-ounce resealable pouch of Happy Belly Pork Rub
  • A spicy sweet blend of brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic, onion, and a touch of lemon to impart balanced flavor to ribs, pulled pork, pork chops, or any pork dish
  • Evenly coat pork prior to roasting or grilling
  • Kosher certified
  • No artificial flavors
  • No synthetic colors
  • No MSG
  • Satisfaction Guarantee: We’re proud of our products. If you aren’t satisfied, we’ll refund you for any reason within a year of purchase. 1-877-485-0385
  • An Amazon Brand

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Frank’s RedHot Original Seasoning Blend

Highlighted Features
  • The perfect blend of savory garlic and spicy cayenne pepper
  • Get that Frank’s RedHot flavor you crave in an easy-to-use seasoning
  • This spicy MVP is a must-have for any pantry
  • Frank’s RedHot is the hot sauce that put Buffalo wings on the map
  • USAGE TIP: This seasoning is perfect for everything from burgers to pizza

Frank’s RedHot Original Seasoning Blend, 4.12 oz

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Traeger Pork and Poultry Rub with Apple and Honey

Highlighted Features
  • Great Tasting Cooking Seasoning: Features apple and honey flavors
  • Compatible Meat/Proteins: The perfect BBQ rub to complement your pork or poultry creations
  • Easy Storage: Rub comes in a stackable aluminum tin container
  • Kosher, Gluten Free, and GMO Free. Sweet & savory flavors that pair perfectly with milder meats
  • Made in USA

Traeger Grills SPC171 Pork and Poultry Rub with Apple and Honey – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Memphis Barbecue Dry Rub

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Charlie Vergos Rendezvous Famous Memphis Barbecue Dry Rub Seasoning (4.5 oz) – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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7 lbs McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning

Highlighted Features
  • McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning features a memorable blend of coarsely ground peppers, garlic and spices
  • No MSG added
  • Blended especially with chefs, McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning gives chefs beloved flavor in a convenient all-in-one mix for consistent, superior quality you can taste
  • Our 7 lb containers are perfect for back-of-house use and great for dispensing into smaller containers
  • Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning is ideal for steaks, ribs and burgers and gives vegetables unique, zesty flair
  • Made with 16 Mesh Black Pepper

7 lbs is the equivalent of about 32.94, what I would call standard, 3.4 ounce portions.

McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning, 7 lb – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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Happy Belly Pork Rub

Highlighted Features
  • One 3.5-ounce resealable pouch of Happy Belly Pork Rub
  • A spicy sweet blend of brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic, onion, and a touch of lemon to impart balanced flavor to ribs, pulled pork, pork chops, or any pork dish
  • Evenly coat pork prior to roasting or grilling
  • Kosher certified
  • No artificial flavors
  • No synthetic colors
  • No MSG
  • Satisfaction Guarantee: We’re proud of our products. If you aren’t satisfied, we’ll refund you for any reason within a year of purchase. 1-877-485-0385
  • An Amazon Brand

Amazon Brand – Happy Belly Pork Rub, 3.5 Ounce – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link

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