EASY Sweet BBQ Rub Recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare and uses ingredients already in your spice pantry. Don't buy a prepackaged mix when you can very easily make your own. This recipe yields 1/2 cup of seasoning blend.
1/4 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt [See Note 1]
1 teaspoonground black pepper
2 teaspoons smoked paprika [See Note 2]
2 teaspoons roasted garlic powder [See Note 3]
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon ancho chili or cayenne pepper, more or less to taste [See Note 4]
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container or glass jar for up to 6 months.
If you substitute coarse sea salt for iodized (table) salt, reduce the amount by half (since course sea salt has a larger grain size). Use only 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt in the mix instead of 1 tablespoon.
Smoked paprika may be substituted with hot paprika or sweet (plain) paprika. Using hot paprika will significantly increase the heat in this rub. Adjust ratio to your own tastes.
Roasted garlic powder may be replaced with plain garlic powder. I love the roasted garlic flavor.
Ancho chili powder (dried smoked poblano peppers) has a subtle smoky flavor and mild heat for a more pronounced heat in the flavor profile use cayenne pepper and adjust to taste.
Nutrition is calculated based on the recipe as written. Additions, omissions, or substitutions will change the calculated values shown. The addition, omission, or substitution of ingredients will alter the nutritional information shown. Nutrition percentages are based on a 2000-calorie diet. The FDA recommends 80 micrograms of vitamin K.