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Bayou's Bodacious Pork Rub

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"This perfectly seasoned dry rub is perfect for smoking pork butts, ribs, and beef briskets. It gets a little kick from just the right amount of cayenne pepper, plus the unique flavor of sassafras. The brown sugar creates a nice crunchy 'bark' on the outside of the meat."
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15 m servings 9
Original recipe yields 168 servings (3 1/2 cups)


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  1. Stir together the salt, paprika, brown sugar, file powder, thyme, dill, oregano, basil, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, mustard, allspice, and sage in a bowl until evenly blended. Store the rub at room temperature in an airtight container.
  2. To use: liberally coat pork butt or brisket with some of the rub, massaging it into the meat. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours. Smoke meat as you normally would.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 9 calories; 0.1 1.9 0.2 0 172 Full nutrition

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I cut this back to TWELVE servings. I followed the recipe exact only I omitted the file powder only because I could not find it anywhere and I don't have money to order special ingredients for o...

yes, this recipe makes alot of rub. i cut it down to a third to use on a pork butt and i had enough rub to season at least 2. this is by far the best rub i have ever used. i love the addition of...

This was a fantastic rub... tried it out on a nice pork butt on our grill. Only thing I didn't use was the file powder - couldn't find it. But I'm still looking, and want to try it again!

We smoked a 200 lbs. pig (not confinement) this past weekend and used this rub recipe, after making a few small changes ~ Starting off we doubled everything, then tasted and thought it was stil...

This is a great rub! Love that it made extra so I have a jar on hand. Used on brisket and ribs.

I coated my pork butts with this rub before I smoked them. AWESOME !!!! Dynamite flavor and a nice crispy bark on my pork.. Will be keeping this on my shelf for all of my smoking !!

This is insanely good! I just used it on a 14lb. pork shoulder picnic. Rubbed it on yesterday and put it in the Treager smoker for 16 hours today. As luck would have it Safeway had file as a new...

This was a great rub for pork roast. I also used it on steaks before grilling. They were wonderful!

I scaled this recipe down to 36 servings and had more than plenty for my rack of ribs. I really liked all of the different flavors that I have not seen in other rub recipes. I omitted the file...