best sweet rub in a glass jar
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4.85 from 13 votes

The BEST Sweet Rub for Grilled Pork and Chicken

A simple sweet based rub with pantry ingredients that will elevate and grilled or smoked meat!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 1 serving


  • 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.