Creating Your Own Rub


Creating your own rubs for meat is a great way to add unique flavors to your dishes. Here are some steps to create your own rubs:

  1. Start with a base: A rub typically starts with a base of salt and sugar. These ingredients will help to season and tenderize the meat. Use about 2 parts salt to 1 part sugar.
  2. Add spices: Add spices to the base to create the desired flavor. This can include chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and more. Experiment with different spices and flavor combinations to find your perfect blend.
  3. Add herbs: Herbs can add freshness and depth to your rub. Try adding dried herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or oregano.
  4. Add heat: If you like your rubs spicy, add ingredients such as cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.
  5. Experiment: Don't be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and quantities. Keep notes of what you add and how much, so you can replicate successful rubs in the future.
  6. Store properly: Store your rub in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. This will keep the rub fresh and flavorful.

Here is an example rub recipe to get you started:


  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Rub the mixture onto the meat, covering it completely.
  3. Allow the meat to sit with the rub for at least 30 minutes before cooking.

Creating your own rubs is a fun and creative way to enhance the flavors of your favorite meats. Experiment with different ingredients and quantities until you find your perfect blend.