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Texas Style Dry BBQ Rub

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Sometimes I think I should have been raised in Texas, because I have a strong love for their style of barbecue. I love my barbecue to be sweet with a little heat.

Which is exactly what Texas Style dry rub mixes and sauces do best! If you’re not doing your BBQ this way you’re missing out!

Texas Style Dry Rub For BBQs. Perfect for Chicken, Pork or Beef! #BBQ #Rub #Spice

I often find myself watching BBQ Pit-masters, and get OBSESSED with barbecuing the way they do it. Low and slow, experimenting with different wood chips, perfecting a bbq rub, etc.

Unfortunately, living in an apartment makes my smoker dreams just that. I’ll always try to sneak in some smoker chips in the grill when I can.

Then I created this this Texas-style dry rub, and it compliments grilled and smoked meats perfectly! It’s definitely my go to BBQ rub – I highly recommend it for smoked pulled chicken.

Texas Style Dry Rub For BBQs. Perfect for Chicken, Pork or Beef! #BBQ #Rub #Spice

This is very similar to the dry rub I used in my Rib Recipe (See Texas Style Ribs, Habanero Apricot Ribs or my latest Slow Grilled Baby Back Ribs). I’ve made a couple additions of onion powder and a little cayenne to add some heat to this bbq rub. It has a familiar “barbecue” smell to the rub coming form the brown sugar and chili powder.

When you taste it it has a sweet start and finishes with some heat on the tongue that really gives anything you throw on the grill amazing flavor!

Texas Style Dry Rub For BBQs. Perfect for Chicken, Pork or Beef! #BBQ #Rub #Spice

If you’ve never used a dry rub before, you’re not actually “rubbing” the spice into your meat. Rather, you’ll want to make sure you just have a generous coating of the rub all over the meat. Patting the rub into the meat at most.

I definitely recommend saving any larger spice containers that you have from the store, or you can always buy new spice containers. It definitely helps keeping wasting any of this delicious rub to a minimum!

Texas Style Dry Rub For BBQs. Perfect for Chicken, Pork or Beef! #BBQ #Rub #Spice


It takes a little extra time but I’ll break down the clumps with a fork as I’m mixing the spice together. Also, if you’re having trouble breaking it down, try using a food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

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Texas Style Dry Rub For BBQs!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cups
Recipe for Texas Style Dry Rub Using Chili Powder, Brown Sugar, Cayenne and other spices to give you a sweet with a little heat type of BBQ rub!
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  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper


  • Dump all your spices into a container.
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  • Mix well. Make sure you break up the brown sugar as much as you can. I find Using a fork helps to break it down.
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  • Use a spice container to store. Goes great on beef, poultry or pork!
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Texas Style Dry Rub For BBQs. Perfect for Chicken, Pork or Beef! #BBQ #Rub #Spice

Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!


  1. Ron Svetgoff says:

    This isn’t letting me copy the recipe. Help.

  2. Doris says:

    Love your recipes ,

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