Mama’s Meat Rub

“Mama’s Meat Rub” This rub is easy and quick to make. I like that fact that I can use it on such a wide variety of meats. I add this to everything from my burgers to the ribs I smoke in the pit. It’s a great tasting rub that also brings out the best in the meat you are grilling or smoking.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


Mix brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Stir until the blend is even like the picture below. Store in an airtight container and enjoy.


  1. Rodney says:

    Yum, Quite a Nice rub. My ribs turn out with a Great Taste. Thanks

    1. bbqaoa says:

      No problem Rodney! Thanks for the feedback.

  2. Patty Kasiewicz says:

    Sounds good,gonna try it.

    1. bbqaoa says:

      Patty, let us know how you like it!

  3. Donald Track says:

    Sounds like a good rub think I might give it a try thank you

    1. bbqaoa says:

      Donald, after you do please tell us how you like it. You will find it applicable for most meats.

  4. MikeGilbault says:

    I’m always looking to try a new rub. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I typically throw “this, that, and the other” together when making my own rubs, and they usually turn out pretty good. The downside is never duplicating it! I am excited to give this one a try and just to make sure I can repeat it, I will print this one out and put in a safe place!

  6. Dru says:

    I use smoked paprika which gives it a good flavor.

  7. Rodney says:

    Did a brisket about o dark 30 last night. That’s Real Dark early morning to you folks. After resting it for 30 min close to Dinner, it was begging to be eatin.

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