A good Sweet Rub for smoky chicken and pork is ESSENTIAL to have in your grilling arsenal and buying them from the store gets expensive. Up the flavor and lower the cost for your favorite grilled meats by making my sweet rub at home!
Some pitmasters go to the grave protecting their signature spice rub recipes. I’m not that big of a jerk and I like to share with all of you! I seriously love making my own rubs and spice mixtures for the grill and this Sweet Rub for Grilled Pork and Chicken is my all time go-to favorite. It is good on everything, I swear. From pork ribs to simple grilled chicken breasts, this sweet rub with a slightly spicy kick will enhance whatever you throw it on.
If you have the ingredients on hand, make a big old batch and bottle some up for later use or to give to your friends and neighbors as gifts. I can go through one batch just on a couple of pork butts, so don’t be worried that you won’t use it all. In fact, if you’re cooking a lot, just double it to be safe and save the rest for later.
**PRO TIP: This recipes calls for smoked paprika. This is a pretty big deal and adds quite a bit of flavor. There are a TON of varieties of paprika at all different price points, but for the best flavor I always choose smoked paprika that is a rich red color. Sometimes paprika will also be labeled hot or sweet, you can pick the spice level you prefer! If it’s not labeled with anything but “paprika” it is likely mild and pretty bland and won’t add anything to your spice mixture other than color.
Below, I’ve included links to several of my favorite recipes that are unreal with this sweet rub slathered on, so mix up a batch of your own and fire up that grill! It’s almost summer!!
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (hot or mild, whichever you prefer)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the rub. Stir well to combine and store in an airtight container. The spice mix will last in your cupboard for up to a month.