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The Best Brisket Rub

The Best Brisket Rub

A simple but potent brisket rub that works like a charm. The different chili powders and dark cocoa powder add a nice earthy depth, and will bring out the natural flavors of the beef. Double the recipe and store for future cooks. This recipe is enough for one large brisket.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ, Fusion
Keyword: bbq brisket rub, best brisket rub, brisket rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 24kcal


  • 3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne


  • Combine rub ingredients in a small bowl.
    *This brisket rub recipe does not contain salt in the ingredients. However, we recommend that you use 1 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of meat. Add that total to 1 tablespoon of rub per pound of meat. For example, a 10 pound brisket would take 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or 10 teaspoons total), and 1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons of rub (10 tablespoons total).
  • Double or triple recipe and store rub in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to one year after preparation. Take out what you need. Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
  • Keep in mind that this rub is on the spicier side, so adjust the ingredients to suit your needs. Substitute with regular paprika or increase the amount of mild chili powder if reducing the cayenne or ancho.


Calories: 24kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2684mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1459IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg