Carolina BBQ Rub

Spices for Carolina barbecue rub
Claire Cohen
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
51 Calories
1g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 51
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1808mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 1g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*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 fantastic, classic-style Carolina barbecue rub recipe courtesy of Chuck Ozburn. Try this rub next time you're in the mood to make traditional Carolina Pulled Pork or a couple of racks of ribs.


  • 1/4 cup/60 mL paprika
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL salt
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL ground cumin (cumin powder)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. In a small bowl, combine paprika, salt, brown sugar, white sugar, ground cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper; use as a dry rub on pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and vegetables. Make sure that rub has a fine consistency and that the brown sugar leaves no clumps. 

  2. To apply the rub, gently pat onto all surfaces of meat and cook as directed. 

  3. If making ahead of time, store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to six months after preparation. 

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