Homemade BBQ Seasonings and Rubs

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This post is jam packed with all of Hey Grill Hey’s Homemade BBQ Seasonings and Rubs that you can make from scratch for all your BBQ needs. Whether you’re making poultry, beef, fish, or veggies, this post has you covered with rubs and seasonings for every occasion!

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Homemade BBQ Rubs

Rubs are a great way to add lots of flavor to meat prior to grilling or smoking. Despite its name, I do not recommend rubbing these guys into the meat. Simply sprinkle on the meat and press it in with your fingers to ensure the meat is evenly coated on all sides.

Homemade steak rub in a glass jar with silver lid tied with black and white ribbon and gift tag on a wood cutting board.

Homemade Steak Rub Recipe

This Homemade Steak Rub Recipe is the perfect combination of spice and savory flavors. It’s not too spicy, but the added heat is perfect when you’re grilling steak (or just about any kind of beef).


The best sweet rub in a glass jar with the words "sweet rub" written in black marker across masking tape across the jar.

Best Sweet Rub for Pork and Chicken

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the Best Sweet Rub for Pork and Chicken . In fact, this sweet rub extends far beyond chicken and pork. This rub tastes amazing on veggies, beef, and salmon. I’ve even used it on homemade mac and cheese with amazing results.


Spoonful of Smoked Turkey rub resting on top of a wooden bowl full of more seasoning.

Smoked Turkey Rub

This Smoked Turkey Rub is the perfect start to a great smoked turkey. Whenever you have turkey on the menu (hello Thanksgiving!), make sure to start with this rub for the ultimate flavor match made in BBQ heaven.


Spoonful of Brisket rub resting on top of a wooden bowl full of more seasoning.

Brisket Rub

This Brisket Rub was made to bring out all the richness of the beef while adding some extra zing to your smoked brisket. When you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something besides the classic salt and pepper mix, this brisket rub is for you!


Spoonful of homemade coffee rub resting on top of a wooden bowl full of more seasoning.

Homemade Coffee Rub

Homemade Coffee Rub is a tasty, earthy, even slightly spicy rub that is great on beef. Coffee adds the most amazing flavor element to your meat; you’ve gotta try it!


Spoonful of best dry rub for ribs on pile of the same seasoning on a dark wood cutting board.

Best Dry Rub for Ribs

My recipe for Best Dry Rub for Ribs is one of the most popular recipes on this website. It’s so good, it’ll have you licking your fingers and reaching for rib after rib after rib.


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South of the Border Homemade Spice Rub

This South of the Border Spice Rub is a versatile, spicy rub that is similar to taco seasoning. Try it on pork, beef, and chicken, or use it in fajitas, tacos, and chili. You’ll love the fresh and spicy flavors in this rub.


Cocoa chipotle spice rub on a sliced flat iron steak.

Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub

This Cocoa Chipotle Spice Rub is unlike any rub you’ve tried before. It combines some amazing ingredients including cocoa powder that adds a savory, warm, and slightly bitter flavor to your meat. 


Homemade BBQ Seasonings

Similar to rubs, I’m a big fan of making my own seasonings. These guys are unique, fresh, and a great way to bring incredible flavors to anything you’re tossing on the BBQ.

Raw skirt steak on a wood cutting board dusted with homemade chipotle seasoning.

Chipotle Seasoning

For a nice, sweet and spicy seasoning, look no further than this Chipotle Seasoning. It’s the perfect seasoning to have on hand when you want something that tastes amazing, and you’re looking to try out something a bit different.


Spoonful of best pork chop rub resting on top of a white ceramic bowl full of more seasoning on a light wood cutting board.

Best Pork Chop Seasoning

If you’re cooking up some pork chops, I can’t highly recommend this Best Pork Chop Seasoning enough. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory to beautifully compliment the flavor of the pork without being overpowering.


Homemade steak seasoning pouring out of an open glass spice jar onto a wooden cutting board.

Steak Seasoning

This Steak Seasoning takes the classic salt and pepper steak seasoning to the next level with some awesome additions of garlic, onion, and herbs. Add this seasoning to your steak prior to grilling or smoking when you want the tiniest bit of added goodness to your beef.


Pile of lemon herb chicken seasoning on a wooden cutting board with a white bowl of the same seasoning in the background.

Lemon Herb Chicken Seasoning

My recipe for Lemon Herb Chicken Seasoning is extremely easy to make and adds a delicious, herbaceous flavor to your chicken. You’ll likely have all the ingredients in your pantry as well, so it’s a great recipe to make when you’re short on time.


Spoonful of sweet and smoky salmon seasoning resting inside a white ceramic bowl full of more seasoning.

Sweet and Smoky Salmon Seasoning

This Sweet and Smoky Salmon Seasoning is beyond amazing. It adds the most gorgeous sweet and savory flavor to your salmon, you’ll wonder why you ever seasoned without it before.


Spoonful of Montreal steak seasoning resting on a wood cutting board with open spice jar and seasoned steak in the background.

Montreal Steak Seasoning

This Montreal Steak Seasoning is a unique and delicious seasoning with peppercorns, dill, rosemary, and more. It’s an amazing balance of bright herbs and savory flavors that tastes irresistible on your fresh steak.


Homemade veggie shake in a white bowl ceramic bowl.

Homemade Veggie Shake

Don’t forget the veggies when whipping up some BBQ! If you’re unsure how to season your veggies, this Homemade Veggie Shake is great on just about any vegetable you plan on cooking on the grill.





Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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10 Reviews

  1. Jacque Hare says:

    Can I put your sweet bbq pork rub on pork butts and refrigerate overnight? Also, can I cover the rubbed pork butt with extra brown sugar? Thank you!!!

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      You can totally let it season overnight. You can also add extra brown sugar, but the sweet rub is plenty sweet.

  2. Brenda says:

    I made grilled lamb ribs and pork ribs with the best dry rub for pork ribs and my own homemade Honey BBQ sauce. It was the best thing I have ever had we had no left over ribs. which has never happened before. Thank you so much!

  3. Shawn says:

    All the recipes I have tried have been awesome.. thank you very much.

  4. Chris Verhasselt says:

    Having a daughter in college living on her own, we decided to pick a few of these rubs to make as a birthday gift. Thank you for sharing these recipes.

  5. Cam says:

    How can I buy the pre made sweet rub… I have a packet and it’s almost gone … it’s the best!!!

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:


  6. Lindy says:

    Thanks for the recipes. I can’t wait to try the rubs. Everything that I have smoked from your page has turned out great.

  7. Bob says:

    Thanks for making printable! I can’t wait to try all of them !

  8. Blair says:

    Thank you for putting the rub on one page