Three Pepper and Brown Sugar BBQ Rub

  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: about 1 cup (1-4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
106 Calories
2g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 1 cup (1-4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3616mg 157%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Protein 3g
Calcium 82mg 6%
*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.)

You can adjust the heat in this dry rub by changing the amount of cayenne pepper used.  This is a flavorful spice mixture with a hint of heat that works perfectly as an all-purpose rub for all kinds of barbecue.


  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ​brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ​cayenne pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Mix together and store in an airtight container. Use on any cut of pork, beef, or poultry. Makes about 1 cup. This spice rub will keep for up to 6 months if stored in an airtight container away from direct light (light causes spices to lose flavor and color).
  3. Apply this rub evenly to the entire surface of meats. Allow to sit on the meat, covered, for up to but no more than an hour before you start cooking. This will allow the salt to absorb into the surface of the meat and evenly distribute.