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Smoky Pulled Pork Rub

This fantastic smoky pulled pork rub adds a little smoky spice flavor to your pulled pork. It will quickly become one of your favorite go-to rubs for pork. This recipe will give you enough rub for one large pork roast. If you’re new to smoking meats, I recommend reading my step by step process on How to Make BBQ Pulled Pork.

Smoky Pulled Pork Rub on  pork roast on  a smoker
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Rub Basics:

A barbecue rub is one of the most important tools to use for delicious pulled pork. The rub is only one of the many building blocks of flavor used when smoking meats. The others include the choice of wood, the cooking method, and other components like the formation of a good bark, using an injection marinade or BBQ spritz, and of course, how you dress it up once it’s cooked.

Ingredients for Smoky Pulled Pork Rub:

  • Regular paprika
  • White sugar
  • Salt
  • Smoked paprika
  • Mustard powder
  • Chili powder
  • White pepper
  • Granulated garlic
  • Cayenne pepper

BBQ Rub

How to Make a Rub:

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Use a whisk or a fork to break up the mustard powder.
  • Use immediately on pork roast, or store spice rub in an airtight container until ready to use. This pulled pork rub will last from 6-8 months if stored in a cool, dark place like a cupboard. 
 Rub for Pork

Using Smoky Pulled Pork Rub:

  • First, I recommend placing the rub into a large shaker. My favorite shaker to use for seasoning meat is the: Tablecraft 10 ounce Shaker. The best part is that it is reasonably priced. You can’t beat that!
  • Take out what you need for the pork butt. You’ll need 1 tablespoon per pound of rub. So for a 6-pound pork butt, you’ll need 6 tablespoons. However, that is completely up to you as the cook.
  • Coat the entire roast, and cook as directed. 
  • If you plan to wrap and refrigerate the pork with the rub in place, omit the salt from the rub. Add it to the pork roast about 30 minutes before it goes on the smoker.  

A word on food safety: Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat. Including dipping into the rub container repeatedly after touching the raw meat. I recommend measuring out how much you’ll need before applying. 

Smoky Pulled Pork Rub on pork roast on a smoker

Smoky Pulled Pork Rub

Easy, homemade smoky pulled pork rub that will take your BBQ pork to a whole new level.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: pork rub, pulled pork, pulled pork rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.75 cup
Calories: 325kcal

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar white
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika use more if desired
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Use immediately on pork roast, or store spice rub in an air tight container until ready to use. This pulled pork rub will stay good for more than 6 months if stored in a cool, dark place like a cupboard. Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat. This recipe makes enough pulled pork rub for 1 large pork roast. Double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe to suit your barbecue needs.

Notes

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 14141mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 9595IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 6mg

Not the Pulled Pork Rub you were looking for? Try looking at my list of the Best Pulled Pork Rub Recipes! Or see our method for making pulled pork on a pellet grill!

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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