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Dry spice rub for chicken in a white bowl

Dry Rub For Smoked Chicken

This homemade dry rub is the perfect blend of sweet, savory, and spicy, made with everyday ingredients. This rub for chicken leaves a beautifully caramelized crusty and crackly exterior. It is the perfect rub for grilled chicken or chicken that is smoked, oven-baked, or cooked in the Air Fryer or Instant Pot. I've used it on chicken breasts, chicken wings, chicken quarters, and chicken legs. But that's not all; it is so versatile; it can be used as a BBQ rub for pork.
4.9 from 85 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 9 tablespoons
Calories 3.1 kcal


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon Roasted garlic and peppers seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper


  • Place all the spices in a small bowl or a glass jar with a lid and shake gently to combine.
  • Sprinkle dry rub on meat liberally with a spoon, or place a couple of teaspoons of rub on a plate and roll the meat in it to coat. Cover all areas, top, bottom, and sides. If not grilling or smoking the meat right away, place it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.
  • Store in an airtight jar or a Ziploc bag in a cool, dry place.


Store dry rub in an airtight container such as a glass jar or resealable bag in a cool, dry place. Make sure it is kept away from heat and sunlight. The pantry or a kitchen cabinet are great places to store chicken spice rub. If it is stored properly, this rub will keep for up to 6 months. However, for optimal flavor, use the rub within 2 months.


Calories: 3.1kcalCarbohydrates: 1.1gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 76mgPotassium: 6mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6gCalcium: 1mg
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