Pork dry rub is a quick and simple all-purpose smoky dry rub that will season any cut of pork to perfection! Use it on ribs, pork butt, steaks, chops, pork shoulder, or boneless country-style ribs - it works for all types!
❤️ Why You'll Love This
"Picture this...it's a sunny afternoon, you're outside enjoying your favorite cocktail, soaking up the smell of dinner on the grill and youre enjoying it all with your family. Did ribs come to mind for you too? This is the perfect dry rub to season your ribs with!"
This dry rub for pork is straightforward to follow and is done in minutes. Just measure, pour and stir, and you've made your dry rub!
This recipe has nine different spices and herbs found in almost anyone's pantry. This dry rub is easy to make in bulk or on the fly for extra flavor in any meal.
You can use this rub on virtually any cut of pork that you prefer. It is so versatile and is delicious; try it on chicken as well!
This is a healthy gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, low carb, paleo, and keto dry rub.
🥘 Ingredients and Equipment
Here are the ingredients and equipment you will need to make pork dry rub:
- Dried Oregano
- Smoked Paprika - I highly recommend you use smoked paprika in this recipe. It adds an amazing smoky flavor.
- Dried Parsley
- Garlic Salt
- Dried Thyme
- Onion Powder
- Ground Mustard
- Ground Black Pepper
- Kosher Salt - you can use regular table salt, but it will be slightly saltier, so you may need to use a little less.
- Optional - 3 tablespoons brown sugar
For exact ingredient quantities, please see the recipe card below!
Equipment and tools needed to make this dry rub for pork:
Here's how to make pork dry rub:
Start by measuring each ingredient and pouring it into a small bowl.
Mix all ingredients in the small bowl until well incorporated.
Sprinkle generously over your pork and then rub it into the meat.
Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours for best results.
Cook your marinated pork until an internal temperature of 145 degrees F is met, and enjoy!
Hint: Store your extra rub in an air-tight container. For best freshness, use within one year.
🥗 How To Use
Here are a few ways to use pork dry rub:
- Use this dry rub on any cut of pork that you like! That's what's so nice about this rub is it pairs with virtually anything. Try it on my Baby Back Ribs Recipe, or Cast Iron Pork Chops. 🙂
- Try this rub on chicken breasts or thighs and cook on the grill or in the oven.
- Use this rub as a seasoning on roasted potatoes! Drizzle your potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with rub and toss to fully incorporate the rub. Roast in the oven or air fryer until fork tender and enjoy!
Here are a few ways you can vary or make substitutions to this recipe:
- Make it spicy! Adding red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, or chipotle powder will give it some kick. Remember to start light-handed and go up to your desired heat level.
- Smoky-Sweet. Adding the optional brown sugar, white sugar or a will compliment the smokiness of this rub nicely! This will help create a sear to your choice of pork or chicken!
- Adjust any of the spices or herbs in this recipe to your liking! For example, if you don't like the taste of mustard consider cutting it in half to meet your liking.
💭 Top Tips
- Use the freshest dried herbs for the best flavor! The best test to check if your dried herbs and spices are fresh is to smell them! If they smell like what they are supposed to and are not odorless you are good!
- Adding a little sugar or brown sugar to your rub would be great when cooking pork steaks or chops! The sugar creates a nice crust and helps to seal in the moisture.
Store your leftover pork dry rub in your pantry in an air-tight container for up to 1 year. Smell your rub before using it to check for freshness! That's a top tip to check your dried herbs and spices for freshness.
How long should dry rub sit on pork?
The dry rub can sit on pork for up to 24 hours. The longer you let your pork or other protein marinate in a rub, the more flavor payout you'll get. Additionally, I would add the minimum amount of time is no less than 30 minutes.
How do you get the rub to stick to the pork?
Some pork products don't need anything to help the rub adhere to the outside. The natural juices are enough for it to stick. If looking for additional flavor you could use yellow or brown mustard, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, or barbeque sauce.
✔️ More Seasoning Recipes
If you are looking for more delicious seasoning recipes, check these out:
- Taco Seasoning Mix
- Best Fajita Seasoning Recipe
- Chipotle Seasoning
- Lamb Rub
- White Chicken Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe
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Pork Dry Rub
- 3 tablespoons dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons cumin
- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 3 tablespoons dried parsley
- 6 teaspoons garlic salt
- 3 teaspoons dried thyme
- 3 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons (optional) brown sugar (use regular, or a substitute for sugar free)
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
- Sprinkle generously over pork then rub into the meat. Cover the pork and marinate in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
- Store extras in an airtight container for up to 1 year.
- Don't miss all of our helpful hints, substitution ideas, cooking tips, and other delicious recipes that can be found in our post. Check it out!
- 1 recipe makes approximately 1/2 cup rub.
- VARIATIONS: Adjust any herb or seasoning to your taste. Make it spicy by adding red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. Give it a sweet flavor by adding the brown sugar or sugar.
- TOP TIPS: For best flavor use the freshest dried herbs. Adding a little sugar or brown sugar to your rub would be great when cooking pork steaks or chops! The sugar creates a nice crust and helps to seal in the moisture.
- HOW TO USE: Use on any cut of pork. Try it on Cast Iron Pork Chops or Baby Back Ribs. Can also be used on chicken.
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