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.

Basic Pork Rub

Basic Pork Rub

Prep Time 6 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Rubs
Cuisine American BBQ
Servings 1 Cup


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


  • 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.

Looking for more ideas? See my list of the best BBQ Pork Rib Rubs.