Sunset & Sewanee Basic Chicken/Pork BBQ Rub

This is a basic BBQ chicken rub. There is a bit of sugar in the recipe so this rub should only be used with an indirect heat cooking method. Cooking over high heat for prolonged periods may cause this rub to burn, though this recipe can be used in quick boneless grilling over high heat, such as a boneless/skinless chicken breast.
Course Barbecue, Condiment/Sauce
Cuisine Southern
Keyword BBQ Rub
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 1 cup seasoning portions
Author David of Sunset & Sewanee


  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup paprika, sweet Can use Smoked Paprika or Hot Paprika
  • 2/3 cup sugar, granulated
  • 2/3 cup sugar, brown packed
  • 1 tbsp mustard, ground
  • 2 tsp chile, powder mild or hot
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne, ground
  • 1 tsp pepper, white ground
  • 1 tsp pepper, black table grind
  • 3/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1 pinch clove, ground


  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor. Run the processor for about 30 seconds, until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Store in an airtight jar or Ziploc until needed.


Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups of seasoning good for 2-3 BBQ chickens.