Dry Rub Spice Mix

Closeup on a rich colorful spice rub
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
65 Calories
1g Fat
15g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1753mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 1g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*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 an excellent dry rub recipe to keep on hand that will shorten your preparation time for chicken, ribs, and pork roast. You will need about 1/4 cup of the dry rub spice mix to cover a four- to ​six-pound whole chicken, so this would be good for about four uses.


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons paprika (sweet Hungarian)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (ground; roasted is preferred)
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk together brown sugar, paprika, onion powder, thyme, salt, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper until well-mixed, breaking up any clumps.

  2. Store in a cool, dark place in an airtight container. Use as a seasoning on barbecued, grilled, or roasted chicken, poultry, pork, ribs, and spareribs.

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