Spicy Brown Sugar Dry Rub Recipe

Dry Rub recipes are some of my favorite things to experiment with, make in large batches to keep on hand when cooking, and then wrap up a few of my favorites to give to friends and family.

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This Spicy Brown Sugar Dry Rub Recipe is no exception. It lends so much flavor to dishes when I use it, that it is one that I turn to time and again. And you know how the nursery rhyme goes… sugar and spice and everything nice.

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This Spicy Brown Sugar Dry Rub mix is perfect to use on chicken, pork, beef, and even seafood. Believe me, it is one that you’ll want in your pantry to pull out time and again to amp up the flavors of your dishes! Just store in an airtight container and it will keep for about to about six months, well… if it lasts that long that is. Heh.

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I even used it on grilled veggies and we all loved it!

It’s the perfect amount of sweet meets spicy.

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I hope you love it as much as we do!

Spicy Brown Sugar Dry Rub Recipe
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Spicy Brown Sugar Dry Rub is the perfect addition to chicken, pork, and beef recipes. Make this dry rub recipe to keep on hand or share with friends!
Serves: 1 cup
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Pour into an airtight container and store for up to six months.


Robyn xo


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  1. 2


    I don’t think I’ve ever actually used a dry rub on veggies before – fabulous idea! And yeah, I’ve been waiting all day to pin this. FOR REAL :)

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    So happy to see this recipe. I made something similar for Christmas gift baskets a few years ago and everyone loved it, but that was before Pinterest and I lost the recipe. I think this is the same stuff. I will definitely be mixing up some – whether it’s the same or not !!

  3. 7

    darlene says

    l would love to try your recipe for best ever chocolate cake. It looks so yummy. Problem is my husband is diabetic. Any suggestions?

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      Hi Darlene,
      I’ve not tried it with a sugar substitute appropriate for baking, but would think that would be a great place to start. Let me know what works for you, I’m sure others would love it, too.

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    Susan says

    Is there a recipe that you use for Montreal steak seasoning or is it a store-bought spice mixture? Please respond soon…I’m making ribs tomorrow!! Thanks!

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    CLaire says

    Is this rub for pork roast spicy hot? It sounds really good but my husband has trouble with food that is too “hot” or spicy. Thank you for sharing this receipe!

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      Hi Claire,
      If he has trouble with really hot or spicy foods, I would recommend cutting back on the chili powder and maybe even eliminating the cayenne pepper. I would try mixing all of the ingredients together, except the chili powder, and then adding the chili powder at 1/2 a teaspoon at a time to the mix and then test to see what you think. I hope that helps!

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    CLaire says

    Thanks for your reply, Robin! One more quick question. Can you buy the Montreal steak seasoning somewhere or you mentioned McCormick seasoning – do they make a steak seasoning? Thanks so much!

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    Kim says

    This rub was Great. Thank you for the recipe. We made a double smoked ham (fully cooked butt). Scored ham, applied Dijon mustard & then rub, put in 13×9 pan with 3/4 c. water. Smoked with 50/50 hickory/pecan. Made paste w/Dijon & rub & re-applied 1 hour before it was done. It was delicious. Used the drippings as an au jus.

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    Kimberly says

    Question: How do you cook a pork tenderloin without any dry rub or nothing on it in the oven?


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