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Basic Pork Rub Recipe

Looking for a straightforward method to enhance the flavor of pork? Search no further than this basic pork rub recipe. This savory pork rub has the power to transform an ordinary pork cut into a mouthwatering masterpiece!


While there are many pork rub recipes to choose from, a basic dry rub is an excellent place to start. This recipe is not only easy to assemble, but it’s also incredibly versatile, lending itself to marinades, sauces, injections, and more. Our basic pork rub recipe contains all the essential ingredients for perfectly seasoned pork shoulder, pork chops, and ribs. It’s designed to yield enough rub for a 4-pound roast (pork loin, pork butt, etc.) or 2 racks of baby back ribs. Whip up a large batch of this homemade spice blend, and store it in your pantry for future use.

Basic pork rub ingredients

  • Dark brown sugar
  • Coarse salt: kosher or sea salt
  • Chili Powder (regular or chipotle chili powder)
  • Dry mustard (sub with horseradish powder, though it will increase the overall spiciness of this dry rub recipe)
  • Black pepper (16-mesh)
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)

How to make a basic pork rub

  • Whisk together rub ingredients in a small bowl. 
  • Brown sugar and mustard powder tend to form clumps, so be mindful of this when combining the rub. 
  • For a finer dust rub, place all the ingredients into a spice grinder or food processor and pulse the mixture until it reaches desired consistency.

Using it

basic pork rub on ribs
  • Apply basic pork rub evenly to pork ribs, chops, pork tenderloin, or pork shoulder—cook as directed. This dry rub also great on chicken and turkey!
  • Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
  • Double or triple this basic pork rub recipe to have on hand. Store it in a glass jar (mason jar), or airtight container in your pantry for up to 6 months. Revisit it periodically to ensure that the brown sugar hasn’t dried up. Give it a good stir, seal the container, and place it back in the cupboard. Discard after 6 months.

Try it!

If you’re wondering which proteins work well with this basic pork rub, we have you covered. Use this pork seasoning or the recipes below! Keep in mind that you can use this rub on all cuts of pork and poultry.

Looking for rub recipes? See our list of the best BBQ Pork Rib Rubs and the Best Rubs for Pulled Pork.


Basic Pork Rub

If you're new to low and slow barbecue, I suggest starting off with this rub. It has all the key ingredients for a perfectly flavored pulled pork. It's also great on ribs. This recipe makes enough rub for 1 pork roast or 2 large racks of ribs.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: basic pork rub
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1 Cup
Calories: 294kcal


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder mild
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Combine ingredients in a bowl. Brown sugar and mustard powder tend to clump, so be aware of that when combining the rub. Apply mixture all over the pork roast making sure that it is well coated. Cook pork as directed.
  • Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
  • Double or triple the recipe to have on hand. Store in a glass jar or airtight container in the cupboard for up to 6 months. Check in on it periodically to make sure the brown sugar hasn't dried out. If not, give it a good stir, seal container, and place back in the cupboard.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10616mg | Potassium: 392mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 2396IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 3mg

Apply your Rub Right

Apply your spice rubs like a professional with a spice shaker (aka Dredge). This one from Winware has a heavy build, is machine washable, and holds plenty of spice rub. Plus it costs about $7. Just make sure you don’t use this to store your rubs. It isn’t airtight.

Back of House Ltd. Metal Dredge Shaker

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