Chicken and Rib Rub

Use this rub for Smoked, BBQ chicken and ribs.

This same basic recipe can be used for either chicken or ribs. I prefer the rib rub to be sweeter so I double the sugar when using it on ribs.

Brown sugar tends to clump during storage so another option would be to mix the rub without sugar and add 2 parts rub to 1 part sugar for chicken or 1 part rub and 1 part sugar for ribs.


  • 6 Tablespoons brown sugar (double this for rib rub)
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
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