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SPG Beef Rub

This amazing Texas-style SPG beef rub requires few ingredients yet adds so much flavor to smoked, grilled, and pan-seared beef. Our rub is ideal for those who want the natural beef flavor of a smoked brisket to shine through.

What is SPG?

SPG simply means salt, pepper, and garlic. Each Pitmaster has a specific ratio for SPG beef rub. Our recipe uses the 4, 2, 1 ratio of 4 parts coarse salt, 2 parts black pepper, and 1 part garlic. Others will switch the pepper and garlic ratio around, while some will use 2 parts of each, particularly if using a much finer salt like table salt. We have found that our ratio works well with smoked brisket; however, if you are sensitive to black pepper, I recommend reducing the volume and ramping up the garlic.

How much SPG Beef Rub do I use on a brisket?

  1. Use 6-8 tablespoons of rub on a trimmed whole packer brisket. You can also use SPG rub for beef on tri-tip and prime rib roasts.


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt (if using table salt, use 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic (sub with garlic powder)
Beef Brisket

How to use SPG Beef Rub on Brisket:

  • Combine your SPG ingredients in a bowl. 
  • Lightly coat the brisket with yellow mustard (optional), then apply the rub evenly about an hour before it goes into the smoker. 
  • If using an injection marinade, do so the night before, then an hour before the brisket goes in the smoker, apply the SPG beef rub. 
  • Read our comprehensive guide on how to make a Pellet Grill Smoked Brisket.
  • If you are curious about what type of brisket to use, consult our Brisket Buying Guide for tips.

SPG Beef Rub

This is a simple Texas-style SPG beef rub that requires few ingredients yet, adds so much flavor. This rub is perfect for those who want the natural beefy flavor of brisket to shine through. I recommend increasing the recipe and storing it for future cooks. 
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: barbecue brisket, barbecue rub, brisket rub, SPG
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.42 cup
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic


  • Mix listed ingredients in a small bowl. Blot brisket dry with a paper towel and apply the rub to brisket 1 hour before cooking.
  • If making ahead of time, store rub in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to one year. Make a large batch for multiple briskets.


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 67382mg | Potassium: 621mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 4mg

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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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