Barbecue Smoky Sweet Rub Recipe – Kid Friendly Things To Do

Hey all! I am bringing this one out of the archives for all of your delicious barbecues this summer! I’m telling you…one bite of grilled meat with this stuff rubbed on will have you hooked for life! You’ll be a lifer! Oh and psst…It’s a great Father’s Day present! Here’s the post with some updated pictures. YUM!

I recently put gift baskets together with a Barbecue theme. I included the S’mores Marshmallow Pops from a previous post, and two dry rubs! This is the Smoky Sweet Rub Recipe that I used. Let me tell you, it’s so nice to have a rub on hand to just throw on some drumsticks, and know they will have INSTANT great flavor! Yep, no waiting necessary. How cool is that?! Here’s the recipe:

Barbecue Smoky Sweet Rub Recipe - This rub is easy to prepare, and makes your meat taste delicious, instantly! -

You’ll Need:
(This makes 1 cup and fills up about 1/2 pint)

  • 1/4 cup of Sea Salt – Course is the best, but either fine or coarse will do. Do not use regular table salt. The result is just too salty *Kosher salt is a good substitute
  • 1/4 cup of firmly packed brown sugar – I used light
  • 2 Tbsp.  plus 2 tsp. of Spanish Paprika which has a natural smoked flavor, or Smoked Paprika (depending on how smoky you like it, and what is available at your local market) 
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. minced dried onion flakes


  • All you have to do is mix the above ingredients together!
  • Store in an air tight container
  • Rub on Chicken, Steak, Ribs, or Pork
  • Grill, and enjoy!

*Note – you can double, triple, or quadruple this recipe! “The more the better” is what I say. 

~Melissa –



Finger Licking Good, Barbeque Rub Recipe! Perfect for BBQ gift baskets, and Father's Day!

Adapted from Southern Living

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This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Sharon

    When you say dried onion, do you mean flakes or powder? Like the BBQ gift idea!

    1. Melissa

      Sorry for the confusion. I used onion flakes. Thank you for asking. I’m sure I’ve confused others, as well. I’ll go edit the recipe to make it more clear.
      I am almost out of my batch. 🙁 Drumsticks just won’t be the same without it! I need to get myself into the kitchen to make some more.

  2. Anthony

    Awesome, love your recipe but unfortunately I am mustard allergy. Can I replace mustard with other ingredient ? I am so happy if you could answer my question.

    1. Melissa

      Hi Anthony. You can leave the mustard out, altogether. Ground mustard is one of my favorite spices to add to any grilled meat dish. It’s in my top 3. It adds a little depth to the flavor, holds in moisture, and packs a little spicy heat. But, with so many other spices coming together for this blend, I don’t think you’ll miss out on flavor…at all! I really encourage you to make this, even without the mustard, and make a double batch. You’ll be so happy when all you have to do is rub this blend on your meat and instantly grill. It’s such a great time saver, and it gets compliments time and time again. If you really want to find a substitute for the mustard, then take a look at this link…I think the Turmeric powder would be your best bet. Here’s the link to ground mustard substitutions

      1. Jena

        I say more Garlic! 😉 hahahaha

        1. Melissa

          I would never argue with that idea. You can never have enough garlic, right?! 🙂

  3. Jena

    Hi, I do not have Course or fine salt..can I use kosher salt? that is the closest to course salt that I have.

    1. Melissa

      Yes, Kosher salt would be fantastic!

  4. Carol

    I’m thrilled to find a rub recipe that doesn’t have cayenne pepper, chili spice and is still tasty! Plus it’s wonderful on all meats and fowl! ! Thank you. My poor sensitive gut thanks you too! Sign me: canttaketheheat!

  5. Robert

    How long do you leave your rub on before cooking

    1. Melissa

      There’s literally no wait time. Just rub the seasoning onto the meat and grill. The flavor is immediate. If you’d like to give the seasoning more time to flavor the meat, 30 minutes should be enough time.