Spicy Dry Rub Recipe

This Spicy Dry Rub makes a wonderful gift over the holiday season, as a housewarming, or anytime, really.

Mixing up a large batch of this dry rub is so quick and easy and makes a great gift for family and friends, neighbors, or even as a teacher gift – especially for men who love to smoke and/ or grill.




But, if you are like me, you’ll want to keep a batch of this dry rub in your kitchen at all times. It is so delicious and works perfectly with pork, chicken, and beef. It is sort of a do-all dry rub recipe.

You’ll use basic ingredients that are most likely already in your kitchen, but in just the right amounts to make the perfect spicy dry rub that you’ll turn to time and again for so many dishes and recipes.

Here’s my Spicy Dry Rub recipe. I hope you love it as much as we do!

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Spicy Dry Rub Recipe
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This Spicy Dry Rub is rather spicy and works well on fish, pork, chicken, beef, as well as sprinkled on grilled vegetables.
  • ¼ cup smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  1. Mix all spices together in a large bowl or measuring cup.
  2. Pour into an airtight spice jar or tin.


Robyn xo


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    Kathy Schieber says

    can you tell me where you got the bird measuring spoons. the recipe looks really great. I have to try it.

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    Christi P. says

    I am going to try this rub on the Boston Butt in the slow cooker that you blogged about!! Can’t wait to try it….

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    MaryB says

    I was wanting to change up my spice rub and this looks like just the thing. Thanks! Thanks for offering the chance to win the giveaway, too.

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    JD says

    This will be great. We just started using rubs this past summer and love them although the pre-made are expensive in the stores. Making our own will cut the costs. Thanks!

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    Katie says

    Out of all the handmade food gifts I’ve seen, this is the first dry rub! Thsi will translate a lot better with the man crowd!

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    Susan H. says

    Yumm…makes me want ribs. Good looking spice rub…good and easy recipe. Would make great gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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      Thanks, Christopher. Yes! Spice mix can be tricky. I always say to taste it as you go and make it your own by adding a touch more of the spices you love and less of those you don’t. :) Hope you enjoy this one.

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    Edith says

    This sounds great – never used a slow cooker. Going to try your recipe.

    One question, My family cannot eat spicy, how can I do the dry rub without making it spicy.



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