Best Pulled Pork Rubs

No need to purchase those pre-made rubs. Make one of my best pulled pork rub recipes.

The first step to making fantastic pulled pork is choosing the right seasonings. I don’t buy rubs and see it is a waste of money. I’m not saying that there aren’t good bottled rubs out there; I simply prefer to make my own. Here is a list of some of my best pork rub recipes. They will get you started on your journey with smoked pork. Most of these recipes make enough rub for one 6-pound pork butt. Double the recipe ingredients if you are planning to cook two. 

How to Apply a Pulled Pork Rub:

  1. Blot the pork roast dry with paper towels and apply a thin coating of mustard. Put your rub into a large metal shaker and apply the seasoning all over the roast. Most pork roasts contain nooks and crannies. It’s okay to get some of the rub into these spaces. Be mindful not to leave clumps behind. Even distribution is key to the perfect pulled pork!
  2. Refer to my step by step guide for more tips and tricks.

Best Rubs:

1.) Kansas City Pulled Pork Rub

Kansas City Rub for Pork

The Kansas City master of barbecue, Chef Paul, created this fantastic spice rub to use on smoked pork. This Kansas City rub is chock full of spices and herbs with little sweetness from the sugar. This is a great rub for smoked pork. Try this recipe HERE

2.) Memphis Pulled Pork Rub

Memphis Pulled Pork Rub

If you know Memphis Barbecue, you know how important the rub is for the meat. Traditional Memphis-style barbecue does not rely much on sauces for flavor. This seasoning rub is one of the key building block to producing a savory, delicious, smoked pork. Try it HERE

3.) Pulled Pork Garlic Rub

Pulled Pork Garlic Rub

Love garlic? We’ve got you. This garlicky spice rub is more like a spice paste. Slather all over your pork roast and smoke it to tender perfection. Try it HERE

4.) Magic Dust Rub for Pulled Pork

Magic Dust For Pulled Pork

This is one of my favorite seasoning rubs for smoked pork. It contains a variety of earthy flavors that are tempered by the sweetness of the sugar. This Magic Dust Rub for pork recipe makes enough for two large roasts. Try it HERE

5.) Carolina Pulled Pork Rub

Carolina Pulled Pork Rub

A great recipe for a fantastic Carolina-inspired spice rub that packs quite a punch. Alter the amount of cayenne used in this recipe to suit your needs. Amp it up for spice lovers and tone it down to your liking.  Try it HERE

6.) Texas Style Pulled Pork Rub

Texas Style Pulled Pork Rub

This state is famous for its brisket. Smoked pork is quite popular in Texas too. This Texas Style rub is the perfect balance of sweet and heat. This rub recipe is the right amount for one 6 pound pork roast. Remember to adjust the amount of cayenne pepper in this recipe to suit your taste buds. Try this recipe HERE

7.) Best Odds Pulled Pork Rub

BGDR’s Georgia Mustard BBQ Sauce

This traditional rub will provide you with the best odds of making amazing smoked pork. Or recipe calls for a lot of black pepper. Please keep this in mind. Reduce the amount called for in the recipe. I always recommend to my readers that they experiment with their homemade rubs. Try it HERE

8.) Smoky Pulled Pork Rub

Smoky Pulled Pork Rub

A recipe for quick and smoky rub recipe that adds a little smoke and spice flavor to meats. It will quickly become one of your favorite go-to rubs for pork roasts. This recipe will give you enough rub for one pork butt. Double or triple as needed. Try this Smoky Pulled Pork Rub

9.) No Sugar Pulled Pork Rub

No Sugar Rub

This recipe is for those who are watching their sugar intake. This is the best BBQ rub for you. Remember that this rub will be savory. I recommend finding a good sugar-free or low sugar sauce to serve on the side. Try it HERE

10.) Mustard-Herb Pulled Pork Rub


This wet mustard-herb rub is perfect for pork roasts. The mustard keeps the herbs and spices in place, and imparts a subtle Dijon flavor to the smoked pork. It will not be overpowering, just super delicious. Try it HERE

Best Pulled Pork Rubs

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