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Steve's Barbeque Rub Recipe

Good BBQ starts with a good BBQ rub.  Not too much heat, but just a tingle.

I got tired of "store bought" rubs not tasting quite to my liking.  I also got tired of finding a rub that I like, only to have it disappear from sight.

My goal was to make my own barbeque rub out of "normal" ingredients; anything that could be found in a regular grocery store, anywhere in the world.  It took me years of trying different recipes and modifying them to finally come up with this easy recipe.  Please note that the Ancho chili powder is a must, don't substitute regular chili powder.

This rub works with pork or chicken equally well.

1 Cup turbinado sugar

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1/3 Cup Kosher salt

1 Tablespoon onion powder

2 Tablespoons dried minced garlic

1 Tablespoon Ancho chili powder (not chili powder)

1 teaspoon black pepper (not fresh ground)

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 Cup paprika (+ 2 Tablespoons)

1/2 Cup dark brown sugar - break up clumps and try to dry a bit so it mixes better


Grind turbinado sugar in coffee grinder.  Add this to bowl of the rest of the ingredients.  Mix well.

Steve DiFranco