Spicy Dry Rub Recipe


4.86 from 7 votes
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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!

Spicy Dry Rub Recipe

4.86 from 7 votes
This Spicy Dry Rub is rather spicy and works well on fish, pork, chicken, beef, as well as sprinkled on grilled vegetables.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 tablespoons


  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground 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.


Nutrition information for 1 tablespoon.


Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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Recipe Review


  1. Memaw says:

    5 stars

  2. Maggie May says:

    5 stars
    Hubby and I love this rub, I’ve used it on pork, chicken and beef all with great results. Thanks so much for this lovely recipe !!

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much, Maggie. I’m so glad you both like it.

  3. Jenny says:

    Do you have suggestions on how to make this dry rub less spicy? My kids don’t have a palette for spicy foods yet, but they love sweet & smoky.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Jenny, I can understand this may be too spicy for small children. Spice mix can be tricky. My best advice would be 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 or ones your children would not like.

  4. Ernest Contreras says:

    5 stars
    I been following you for some time now and I know a good cook when I see your recipes ,after all I been a Hotel chef for over forty years , your rub is perfect blend. see you again soon.
    Chef Ernest

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thank you so much, Ernest, for your kind words. I’m so glad you like this spicy dry rub and hope I continue to make recipes that you enjoy.

  5. Linda Long says:

    5 stars
    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!

  6. Ken Camden says:

    5 stars
    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

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Ken! Thanks so much for sharing that with me!

  7. Carol says:

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

    1. Karin says:

      CAROL: About a tablespoon per each pound of meat you are cooking.

  8. debi keenan says:

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

  9. Kathy Schieber says:

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

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      They are by the Crosby & Taylor, pewter artisans. I also have the matching cups and love then!

  10. Molly Gill says:

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