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Country style pork rib covered in pork rub.

Sweet and Spicy Pork Rub

Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
Sweet and spicy pork rub is packed full of flavor. Use as a dry rub for smoked pork roast or barbecue ribs. It is the best sweet and spicy rub for pulled pork. Can be used as a chicken rub also.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment, Dry Pork Rub, Spice Blend
Cuisine America, Western
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 267 kcal


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup fine sea salt
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cracked peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
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  • Measure the ingredients into a bowl or plastic bag.
  • Mix all ingredients together well. If using a bag squeeze and shake to combine.
  • Use 1 cup to 1 ½ cups of rub depending on the size of pork roast. Rub over pork roast, cover tightly with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight before cooking.
  • Store in an airtight container.



  • Store leftover pork rub in an airtight container.
  • Makes a great hostess gift.
  • Dry rub can be used on chicken, pork chops, ribs or pork roast to add a rich and smoky flavor.
  • How long to marinate before cooking?: The longer you can leave the meat marinating in the dry rub the better the sweet and smoky flavor will be in the cooked pork. It takes time for the rub to soak into the meat.
  • Best rub recipe for pulled pork: A sweet and smoky dry rub is perfect for pulled pork.
  • Pork Butt dry rub: I use this rub recipe to cook ribs, a Pork Butt, as a pork roast rub and for barbecued chicken.
  • Use 1 cup to 1½ cups of rub for a 3 to 5 pound boneless pork roast.
  • One or two racks of ribs will only need ½ to ¾ cups of rub. depending on the amount of ribs or size of pork butt you are cooking.
  • Keep in mind a large pork roast will need more rub to cover all sides in a thick layer than a rack of baby back ribs.
  • Freezer Meals: Cover the ribs with the dry rub and freeze ahead of time so the pork has already been seasoned.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7097mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 3873IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3mg
Keyword BBQ Rub, Chicken Rub, Dry Pork Rub, dry rub for chicken, dry rub for pork, Pork Rub, Sweet and Smokey Pork Rub
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