Sweet Paprika Dry Rub

Sweet Paprika Dry Rub

Sweet Paprika Dry Rub

Carson Morby
A simple recipe for a delicious sweet BBQ dry rub
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Pinch Chipotle Pepper Powder
  • 1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper


  • Mix all ingredients until evenly incorporated. Great on Pork, Chicken, Fish, and even Beef!
Keyword dry rub, homemade dry rub, paprika, sweet bbq rub, sweet rub, yolk and smoke

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Here in Utah, a lot of us like sweet BBQ.  A lot of our BBQ includes honey or brown sugar.  When I first started into BBQ, I felt a sincere desire to make my own rubs and sauces.  Over the last few years, I have been finally tuning and adjusting this recipe.  It is my go-to rub.  We have used it on everything from pork ribs to beef roast.  My absolute favorite thing to use this dry rub for, is St. Louis Style spare ribs. 

Over time, I have learned that dry rubs that are made with brown sugar, can tend to burn in the cooking process if you aren’t careful.  This recipe works great with brown sugar, but if you want an even better texture and appearance, try using turbinado sugar.  Turbinado sugar carries an almost identical flavor to brown sugar, but is more coarse.  Due to its coarseness, it doesn’t burn as easy.  It actually begins to slightly caramelize as it cooks.  This caramelization combined with the richness of the paprika, and the bite of chili powder go perfect with pork.

 I love sweet and spicy flavors, so I couldn’t resist sprinkling in crushed red pepper.  The magic of this recipe is that you can make it as spicy or as mild as you want just by adjusting the amount of crushed red pepper.  A couple years ago I decided to add in a little bit of chipotle pepper powder.  Chipotle peppers have an amazing earthy, and smoky taste to them.  They aren’t as spicy as a lot of other peppers, so they add a fantastic flavor without lighting your mouth on fire. 

The combination of the spices and ingredients in this rub have become our family favorite.  It has turned spare ribs from something we enjoy, into something we can’t get enough of.  Throw this rub down on ribs, pork butt, or even vegetables and you will be sure to have friends and family looking forward to more.