A Sweet Barbecue Rub Recipe - Perfect For Pork

If you've got pork on the grill then this sweet barbecue rub is the one to choose! Easy-to-make, the blend of sugar, paprika and other herbs and spices will season and flavour beautifully whilst imparting mouthwatering aromas! (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 12 tablespoons)

3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp paprika powder
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp salt (See note 2 below)
2 tsp celery seeds
1 tsp whole cloves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the celery seeds, peppercorns, salt, sugar and cloves
  • Once ground, add to a bowl
  • Stir in the mustard, chili and paprika powders
  • Finally, crumble in the dried basil and thyme and combine thoroughly

Store your barbecue spice in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making a fresh amount.

Note: To add even more flavours to your blend and therefore your grilled food, I recommend you dry toast the peppercorns and cloves before cooling and grinding. See the grinding page for further info on this simple process. (Link opens in new window)

Note 2: I recommend using a good quality rock/kosher/sea salt as these are are a bit less processed than regular table salt. If however, you only have table salt available just use that and it'll still season your barbecued food perfectly.

Ingredient Note: For this BBQ rub recipe, I recommend you use a few whole spices as they will add the best flavours and aromas. If you don't have them all, simply use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts in the recipe by half. So instead of 2 teaspoons of peppercorns you would use 1 teaspoon of pre-ground pepper. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well  and stir in with the other powders when making.

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How to Use Barbecue Dry Rubs

If you have your own favourite way of applying your flavourings, carry on doing that...

Sprinkle the blend evenly, and fairly liberally, over your meat and gently rub in so there's a good coating.

Cover and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or, better, overnight.

The longer you leave it the more the flavours will soak into the meat. An hour before grilling, take it out of the fridge and let it return to room temperature.

Cook according to your preference.

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