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Julie’s Spice Rub Recipe

Julie’s Spice Rub recipe is the perfect balance of slightly sweet with a bit of heat. It has a deep flavor but not so overbearing that it takes over the taste of your food.

Julie's Spice Rub RecipeJohn and I love to grill. We used to slather a lot of our grilled meat with sauces, but we’ve really taken a liking to dry-rubbed meats. If we want a sauce such as a barbecue, we will serve it as a condiment. It took a while to come up with the perfect spice rub for a long time, and I believe that we finally got the one that we really enjoy. This Spice Rub recipe is a keeper.

We use this dry rub on any kind of meat, such as pork, chicken, and shrimp. It’s great sprinkled on sweet potatoes too! It’s slightly sweet and has a little heat too. The flavor is deep but not too strong that it takes over the flavor of what you are applying it too. I make up a large batch and just keep it in an empty spice jar. You’ll want a large batch too!

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Julie's Spice Rub Recipe

Author: Hostess At Heart
Julie's Spice Rub recipe is the perfect balance of slightly sweet with a bit of heat. It has a deep flavor but not so overbearing that it takes over the taste of your food.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Keyword: Spice Rub
Servings: 1



  • Mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Store in an airtight container. Store in a cool dry place.


Serving: 1gCalories: 279kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9406mgPotassium: 718mgFiber: 10gSugar: 38gVitamin A: 8335IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 9mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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When you have your own spice blends planning meals becomes so much easier. You can add a rub to any meat and it will act as a marinade adding flavor as it sits. Sprinkled on chicken breasts and it’s ready to grill. Say goodbye to boring! Do you make your own spice blends? What is your favorite way to use them?

I love mixing my own spices and here are a few more that I keep in my spice cabinet 24/7!

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5 from 1 vote
Recipe Rating

Laura C

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

This is our spice rub for about anything! It's great on ribs or chicken. I make it by the pint now LOL.

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Sunday 17th of April 2016

Hi Julie, I have a question. Do you think this would be good on salmon? Also, what is your favorite meat to put it on? I am planning on trying it this week.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 17th of April 2016

I love it on pork, beef or chicken, I've never put it on salmon. I've used it on wings, chops and ribs is amazing. It has that spice sweet thing going on, and if that appeals to you on salmon, I'd give it a try. Mix some up and taste it. I think that would help you decide? Let me know what you do.

Shari Kelley

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

This sounds so good, Julie! I love all of the ingredients. I can't wait to try it. Thanks for doing all the work for us figuring out the best combination and measurements!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

We love it on a lot of grilled meat Shari or even some veggies. I can't wait until we can be outside and enjoy some great grilling.

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