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posted: 05/20/21

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This four ingredient Pork Rub is made with seasonings you already have in your pantry. It is simple to throw together but brings out the flavor in pork recipes perfectly!

a small dish with paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in it

Our family loves making our own seasoning mixes. They are typically made with ingredients we have on hand, and we can control everything from heat to salt. They are also perfect for people who are following specialty diets because you know exactly what is in them.

This simple Pork Rub recipe, is just that, an uncomplicated recipe that is easy to adjust to your family. Or you can use it as is and pair it perfectly with our Homemade BBQ Sauce.

How to Make Pork Rub

  1. Measuring the seasonings. You will need brown sugar, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Whisk them together.
  3. Use the seasoning mix. We most frequently use this recipe on ribs and as a pulled pork rub, but you can use it in any pork recipe. It would make an excellent pork chop rub.
overhead of a rack of ribs with pork rub on them on a foil lined baking sheet

How to Use Pork Rub

This makes more than enough for a 5 pound pork shoulder or two 3 1/2 pound rack of ribs. It is the perfect dry rub for pork ribs and a great pork butt rub.

Sprinkle the rub onto the meat in generous amounts, and rub it into the meat. I like to sprinkle, rather than using my fingers to scoop it out of the container. That way you aren’t transferring bacteria from the meat into the rub and leftovers can be saved.

We most love this pork rub in our Crock Pot Ribs and BBQ Pulled Pork.

a rack of ribs that has been cooked and cut

When to Use the Rub

Rub the seasoning mix into the pork 2 to 24 before cooking. Wrap the meat and then refrigerate until cooking.

Some BBQ experts suggest that the best way to use a dry rub is to apply it to the meat and then let the meat stand for an hour before cooking.

While that method might ensure the best flavor, it isn’t practical for a lot of home cooks. I find my method of adding this rub the night before cooking works to create an amazing flavor.

FAQ

How long can pork rib rub be stored?

If you want to make a big batch of this, you can store the excess in an air tight container in a dark space (such as a pantry) for up to six months.

How much should I use?

I don’t measure when I use this recipe. I use enough that I am able to rub into and coat the full surface of the meat.

Can I use this rub recipe on chicken?

Yes! But I also have a chicken rub that I really like.

a small mason jar full of pork rub recipe

Other Seasoning Mixes

If you make this recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

a small dish with paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in it
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Pork Rub

Serves: 7 tablespoons
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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes
Total: 9 minutes
This four ingredient Pork Rub is made with seasonings you already have in your pantry. It is simple to throw together but brings out the flavor in pork recipes perfectly!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients in a small bowl. Use immediately or store in an air tight container for up to three months.
  • This recipe is enough for a 3 – 4 pounds of spare ribs or 5 pound pork shoulder or pork butt.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
a small dish with paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper in it

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  1. Linda says

    How long do i cook in crockpot?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Linda! I think you are looking for the crockpot rib recipe. You can find it here: https://www.simplejoy.com/crock-pot-ribs/ They are cooked on low for 8 hours. But please check out the recipe for all the instructions, tips and tricks.

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