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

This Spicy Dry Rub is rather spicy and works well on fish, pork, chicken, beef, as well as sprinkled on grilled vegetables.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 1/4 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


  • Mix all spices together in a large bowl or measuring cup.
  • Pour into an airtight spice jar or tin.


Robyn xo

36 comments on “Spicy Dry Rub Recipe”

  1. So cute!! I love giving little gifts like this for the holidays!

  2. good recipe and the art of a spice mix is hard.

    • 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.

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

  4. Sound like a great gift for my co-workers!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. I love giving handmade gifts. Thanks for another great idea.

  8. This is such a great idea! I made homemade gifts last year and had no idea what to give the guys – this is perfect!

  9. 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.

  10. thanks so much – can’t wait to try the rub!

  11. What a great idea for a homemade gift!

  12. Great gift idea….thanks for the chance.

  13. Thank you for this generous giveaway.

  14. This sounds delicious… I know quite a few people who might like something like this.

  15. shared the recipe

  16. I have made a similar spice rub for oven-baked ribs, that is so good. Your recipe sounds delicious too, and I will have to give it a try!

  17. found a borubon smoked parika place and thinking making it this rub

  18. 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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    • 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.


  20. I love your site and the recipes I have seen.

  21. This rub sounds fantastic but can I use regular paprika instead of smoked?

  22. Making my first pork roast with this rub! Smells very good!! can’t wait to try it 🙂

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

  24. How much does this make? I need to make about 8cups.

  25. How much of the dry rub do you use per pound of meat?

  26. I’ve used this rub on a pork roast that I’ve slow cooked for 12hrs. It’s very tasty and adds wonderful flavour to the meat

  27. Tried it with the slow cooker pork butt recipe and loved it! Its not too spicy and gives a suttle yet flavorful taste that is bound to be a crowd pleaser. My family loved ot so its a keeper! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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