Brisket Brown Sugar Rub Recipe

Brisket Brown Sugar Rub
Claire Cohen
Ratings (180)
  • Total: 8 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 2/3 Cups (16 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
40 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a good, sweet brown sugar brisket rub that you 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. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.

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

  3. 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.