Spicy Smoky Sweet BBQ Rub

Summer is still in full swing here on the Benson Homestead. It’s the end of August and we’re experiencing many 90° days in Eastern Colorado.  Feeling inspired by the “hot hot heat” I decided to whip up a batch of my BBQ rub.



Measure all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.


Whisk until combined.


Transfer to a spice jar.  It’s that simple! 😀


I fill my spice jar and then I store the rest in an old spaghetti sauce container that I tuck away in the pantry.

This is a large batch that can easily be cut in half or even fourths if needed.


I started making it the summer we bought our house and Jason got a Pit Boss smoker/grill.  We kept going through expensive jars of BBQ seasoning and I’d HAD ENOUGH!  I probably make it a few times a year and even gift it during the Holiday season!  It’s really cheap to make. 🙂

And talk about great stuff…  It’s got some “kick” from the cayenne but it’s not overwhelming and the smoky paprika and brown sugar really make it stand out as a BBQ rub.  We use it to season spare ribs, pork shoulders (pulled pork), grilled chicken, etc.

It makes a great gift for the people in your life who like to barbecue or use a smoker.  We’ve even gifted it to our family and neighbors during past Holiday seasons.

“Grilling.. because no one has friends over to ‘Microwave.'”

Please enjoy and happy barbecuing while the season lasts!  🙂


Spicy Smoky Sweet BBQ Rub

  • 8 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 8 tablespoons Paprika
  • 4 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 4 teaspoons Garlic Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper

Measure out and whisk together the ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Transferred to an airtight spice jar or container. Use for barbecue meats, etc.

Author: farmtotabletosoul

Hello, I'm so glad you're here! My name is Tara and I created this blog as a creative outlet for myself but also in hopes that I could inspire others like you. Please stick around and re-imagine your creative side. There's plenty of recipes and DIY ideas to check out if you're willing! _______________________________________________________________________________ About Me: I'm a 36 year old energetic wife and mother. I have a vivid imagination and bold sense of humor. I love to cook, bake and create. ☺️

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