Southern Style Dry Rub for Pork or Chicken


A classic pork or chicken dry rub recipe. This is enough to coat about 5 to 7 pounds of ribs or 10 pounds of pork roast or chicken. This type of rub is very popular in Southern Georgia — you can add more cayenne pepper by the teaspoon depending on how hot you like it.

close up on a spoonful of southern style dry rub hovering over a jar full
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup paprika

  • ¼ cup coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper


  1. Whisk brown sugar, paprika, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.

To Use:

Season meat with dry rub and let sit for 30 to 45 minutes before grilling or smoking the meat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

22 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 65mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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