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bbq chicken rub in bowl before blending

BBQ Chicken Rub Recipe

BBQ Chicken Rub is sweet, savory and made with spices you already have on hand! It's a great all purpose rub for chicken, pork or beef!

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  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Place the smoked paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
  • Whisk the spices together well, breaking up any clumps.
    BBQ chicken rub before and after blending
  • Generously coat the chicken with the rub, rubbing it into the meat. Pro tip: If using skin on chicken breast, rub the seasoning underneath the skin as well.
  • Let stand for a minimum of one hour at room temperature, then grill. Enjoy!
    BBQ rubbed chicken breast before and after cooking


  • Pro tip:  When using skin-on chicken breast, add the seasoning underneath the skin as well.
  • Store unused rub in an air tight container in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
  • Coat the meat lightly with olive oil before seasoning to help the rub adhere to the meat if desired.
  • This recipe is a great all purpose seasoning that works well with beef, pork, vegetables, corn on the cob, or anything that you are grilling or smoking.
  • This rub contains sugar, so be careful when grilling over high heat as the sugar can burn.  Sear on both sides and cook over indirect heat for the remaining of the cooking time to avoid burning.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 25kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 354mg, Potassium: 73mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1354IU, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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