This Pork Grill Rub is an all-around seasoning blend perfect for pork barbecue and grilling. We especially like to use this rub for pulled pork, pork chops, pork belly burnt ends, and even burgers. This blend gets used in a lot of my recipes and I keep a tub of it in the fridge ready to go when I need it.
Why this recipe works
This recipe has what I feel is a really great blend of savory and sweet seasonings to enhance the flavor of pork. Paprika and sugar, cumin and cayenne are yummmmo. Also, for a seasoning mix, this ingredient list is on the shorter side, meaning that I don’t use a ton of ingredients. So this recipe is thrown together quickly when I need more in a pinch.
With just a touch of cayenne, there is a hint of a kick here but not too much. So this pork grill rub seasoning blend of all blends is great for everyone, including kids. If you do want more heat, simply double the amount of cayenne (my husband does this). This recipe also scales up nicely if you want to make a larger batch.
About the ingredients
As I usually do, I want to point out that this pork grill rub specifically calls for 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.
The rest of the ingredients (see recipe card below) are pretty standard. The brown sugar can be replaced with brown sugar substitute to keep the carbs down. The key is the ratio – I have found this balanced combination of flavors compliment every meat I’ve thrown this at.
Grill 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 in the refrigerator.
Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.