Brisket Brown Sugar Rub

Brisket Brown Sugar Rub

The Spruce / Claire Cohen

  • Total: 8 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 16 servings (1 2/3 Cups)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
40 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16 servings (1 2/3 Cups)
Amount per serving
Calories 40
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2439mg 106%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 1g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a good, sweet brown sugar brisket rub that requires little prep time. Of course, feel free to adjust the heat by using a hot or mild chili powder. This is one of my favorites and we guarantee it will become one of yours too.


  • 1/2 cup/120 mL brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL salt (sea or Kosher)
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL paprika
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL​ chili powder (choose a hot or mild powder depending on your tastes)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.

  3. Firmly pack rub evenly onto brisket 30 to 40 minutes before smoking, then wrap in plastic wrap or place in a large plastic bag and let sit at room temperature.


  • This rub can be stored in an airtight container for several days, but after a week or two, the brown sugar will start to crystallize.