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The Best Dry Rub Recipe For Pork

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Whether you’re looking to grill some ribs, smoke a pork butt or cook just about any other cut of pork, this is hands down the best dry rub recipe for pork.

While I have a huge sweet tooth, one of my favorite things to eat is meat. Beef is probably my favorite meat to eat, but being from the south I love me some pork and will choose it over chicken any day.

Cooked properly, pork is full of juicy, tender flavor. These days pork is certainly leaner than it used to be so it can definitely stand up to some bold seasoning. Insert what I think is the best dry rub recipe for pork here.

 

The Best Dry Rub Recipe For Pork Picture

I put this together when I was trying to figure out the best way to cook ribs in the oven, which is something I’ll share another day. Either way, this pork dry rub is something I now use not only on ribs, but also pork butt (like this super easy slow cooker pulled pork if I already have some made), chops, and even chicken and beef.

I love bursts of flavor so I will often pair this rub up with my favorite bbq sauce when serving. But, I like starting off with a dry rub for a few reasons.

Reasons To Use A Dry Rub

First, it’s something you can make ahead and keep in an air-tight container among your other spices for up to around 6 months which is good for my always packed fridge. I especially like these spice containers because it can store this recipe as doubled, and has both a shaker and spoon side.

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I also like dry rubs because I prefer adding sauces closer to the end of the cooking time as they have a tendency to burn. A rub also just seems to merry with the natural juices of the meat better to create a slight crust of spicy savory flavor you don’t want to stop shoving into your mouth.

The Best Dry Rub Recipe For Pork

As far as flavor, this pork rub is really balanced. It’s not too sweet but it’s also not really spicy in that you need to have some milk on standby kind of way. It’s a little sweet, it’s a little savory and a seasoning I now always have in my pantry.

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Here’s how to put this pork dry rub together.

The Best Dry Rub Recipe for Pork Photo on rack of baby back ribs

 

The Best Dry Rub Recipe For Pork

The Best Dry Rub Recipe For Pork

Yield: ~1 cup rub
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

The best dry rub recipe for pork whether you're making ribs, chops or pulled pork.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl breaking down as many lumps as possible.
  2. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.
  3. Use: Sprinkle liberally over all sides of meat and rub in. This recipe makes the perfect amount of rub for 2 racks of pork ribs.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 Recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 604

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Colleen

Sunday 12th of April 2020

1/4 Cup Paprika... did I read that right

Smart Savvy Living

Sunday 12th of April 2020

Hello Colleen, thanks for stopping by. Yes, it's 1/4 cup of paprika which is 4 tablespoons.

Hannah

Thursday 7th of November 2019

I really like the sounds of this recipe, I'm going to try it and see how it turns out!

Smart Savvy Living

Saturday 9th of November 2019

Hope you enjoy it, Hannah! Thanks for stopping by.

April E Robinson

Monday 15th of April 2019

Looks great - is this regular paprika or smoked paprika?

Smart Savvy Living

Monday 15th of April 2019

Hi April, thanks for stopping by. You can use whichever you prefer. I've used both - whichever I had more of in my pantry at the time that needed to get used up. The smoked paprika will add a bit more of a smoky flavor if that is something you enjoy.

freddie

Monday 26th of March 2018

Do I have to wait 6 months to use?

Smart Savvy Living

Monday 26th of March 2018

Hey Freddie, thanks for stopping by. You can use the rub right after you make it. The 6 months is just a suggestion for how long you can store it if you want to make a big batch for multiple uses over time, depending on how old your spices already are.

Hope you enjoy!