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Grilling Rub for Pork

This grill rub for pork is an all-around seasoning blend for barbecue and grilling. We especially like to use this rub for pulled pork, pork chops, Pork Belly Burnt Ends, and even burgers.

We use this in a lot of recipes and keep a tub of it and my Grilling Rub for Chicken in the fridge. With a touch of cayenne, there is a hint of a kick but not much spice, so this seasoning blend is great for everyone, including kids.

The first key here is the ratio of ingredients. So you can feel fine making more to have on hand – or to cook a ton of barbecue! This recipe scales up nicely.

The second key is kosher salt. Kosher salt is very different from table salt, both in how “salty” it is on the palate and in flavor. Kosher salt is a non-negotiable must in cooking, so if you haven’t made the switch yet, this is the recipe to start.

Grilling Rub for Pork

  • 2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 Tbsp paprika

Combine all and store in a resealable container or bag.


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