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

Thanks for joining me! Good company always shortens the journey so I'm glad you're here. My name is Tara Benson and I'm 33 years young. I'm an energetic wife and mother with a wild imagination and a bold sense of humor. Consider me 100% right brained. I love music, art, interior design, gardening, baking, cooking, creating and hobby farming. I'm married to the best husband, Jason. It's safe to say we're opposites in many ways, but get along GREAT. We have two very intelligent and loving children, Owen (10) and Belle (4). I come from a huge family with three brothers, one sister and about a thousand others in the extended version. I'm also a mother to a mixed herd of animals (13 and counting...). I work in the mortgage industry from my home office. In 2015, my husband and I bought a 13 acre farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. We decided to live out our dreams and make the best of our lives for ourselves and our children. We want to teach them that hard work and creativity will always payoff at the end of the day. So welcome! Stick around a while and make yourself at home. -Tara

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