A Carolina BBQ Rub

Spices for Carolina BBQ Rub
Claire Cohen
Ratings (131)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 cup (serves 8)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
51 Calories
1g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a fantastic, classic-style Carolina barbecue rub recipe. Try this rub next time you're in the mood  to make traditional Carolina Pulled Pork or a couple 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 rub, gently pat onto all surfaces of meat and cook as directed. 

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