My Sweet Heat BBQ Rub is ideal for adding flavor to any meal. From grilled chicken to roasted vegetables, universal dry rubs are a key ingredient in every kitchen. We make a large batch of this blend and keep it in our cupboard at all times.
This all-purpose rub is simply phenomenal. It works flawlessly on my crockpot pork carnitas, grilled peach salad, spaghetti squash burrito bowls, and can even be mixed with Greek yogurt as a party dip.
Feel free to customize my Sweet Heat Dry Rub to your own spice preferences.
I enjoy my dishes with a bit of a kick, so I’ll often up the cayenne pepper to two or three teaspoons when I’m feeling adventurous. Go ahead and swap ingredients where you feel fit… but I must mention that a key element to this recipe is the smoked paprika. It adds such a depth of flavor and complexity, so I do not recommend making this mix without it.
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ cup Smoked Paprika
- 2 tbsp Chili Powder
- 2 tbsp Salt
- 2 tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tbsp Cumin
- 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 1 tbsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Mix everyone together in a large mason jar (or re-use a large empty spice container!), keep air tight when storing.
The culinary possibilities for this dry rub are endless. It’s sweet, yet spicy, encompassing a medium heat with the hint of brown sugar.