Super Easy BBQ Pork Rub Recipe

Super Easy BBQ Pork Rub Recipe

Looking to get more bang for your buck with your barbecued pork? Try this easy BBQ pork rub recipe for a beautiful, deep flavor.

We all know how important it is to grill or smoke meat perfectly, however the secret to great flavors often lies in the preparation, and for me the best way to do this is with a good dry BBQ rub. If you go without a rub then you go without flavor.

dry pork rub recipe

Perhaps it’s because I’m a total spice-head, but dry rubs are my favorite form of BBQ prep. Sure, marinades are great, but nothing else comes close for me to getting that perfect blend of herbs and spices.

The best thing about BBQ rubs is that they are so simple to put together and apply. No fancy devices needed, you just mix the seasonings and spices together, rub it on your meat, and leave to set before cooking.

This BBQ pork dry rub has cumin, paprika and chili powder at its core to create a beautiful, smokey taste that will match perfectly with your meat. In truth, it can match with chicken but I find this mix just goes perfectly with pork, and besides… I actually already have a smoked chicken rub recipe.

pork rub set in jar

I do wish I could write out a long-winded method for this dry rub, but the truth is it’s so ridiculously simple that it would be silly to do so.

I’ve used it on smoked pork butt, pork shoulder, and even baby back ribs. It’s always gone down a treat.

What I should say though is that, despite the rub itself only needing a minute to mix together, once you’ve applied the rub to the pork do let it sit for a good couple of hours in the refrigerator prior to cooking. Some people tend to only leave it for 15-30 minutes, but it really is a case of the longer the better so personally I try to do it for 2 hours minimum – sometimes overnight if I really do have the luxury of time!

sliced pork tenderloin with bbq rub

When applying the rub to your meat, try to be as thorough as possible. Use your hands to rub it on directly, making sure to cover all sides of the meat.

Try to be as creative as possible with this. If you’re unsure about any of the ingredients in this recipe then try your own! In my experience, some of the other best herb and spice pairings with pork are cayenne, thyme, coriander and sage. Give them a go and let me know what you think (so I can steal your ideas… I mean give them a try)!

Also, if you like this then be sure to check out my pork chop seasoning recipe!

cooked bbq pork covered in bbq rub
how to make pork rub
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BBQ Dry Pork Rub

A delicious and easy rub recipe that will go perfectly with pork tenderloin to then be cooked either on the grill or in your smoker.
Cuisine BBQ
Prep Time 2 minutes
Setting time 2 hours
Servings 4 people



  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  • Once mixed well, transfer to an airtight container.
  • When ready to use, apply generously over your chosen cuts of meat. Rub in firmly and try to cover as much of the meat as possible.
  • Move the pork to your refrigerator and allow to sit for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator and dust off any excess rub. Cook as desired.

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