Beef Rub

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If you love BBQs, you’ll often find yourself cooking beef, and when you do, you want a rub that does it justice. A quality beef dry rub can transform your joints into incredibly succulent meat your guests won’t stop talking about.

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Beef Dry Rub

Beef dry rub will work with practically any cut. You can use this recipe with brisket, steak, rump, and ribs. It’s incredibly versatile, and some ingredients can even be substituted to suit your tastes – be creative!

For a beef rub recipe that will add incredible flavour to any joint of beef, read on:

How To Make a Beef Dry Rub

Step 1 – Measure Ingredients

Using measuring spoons or weighing scales, measure out the correct amount of each ingredient.

This batch provides the right amount for approximately 2lbs of meat. If you want to store your rub for later use, scale your measurement sizes appropriately.

Step 2 – Combine & Mix

Combine all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl & mix thoroughly until fully combined. During this process, you want to combine so thoroughly that you can’t tell which seasonings have been used (no groupings of any particular seasoning).

Step 3 – Use Or Store

Use the beef rub immediately by patting your meat carefully yet generously. Remember that rub adds incredible flavor to your meat, so be as liberal as you like with the seasoning.

We recommend using this rub on beef joints such as Smoked Roast Beef or Smoked Beef Short Ribs.

Alternatively, if you want to keep all or part of your rub for later use, use a funnel to pour your seasoning into an airtight container. If you have a silica anti-moisture pack, place this inside the container to keep the rub fresher for longer. Store your container in a cool, dry place; your rub can last for months.

Beef Dry Rub FAQs

How Do I Make My Beef Dry Rub Sweeter?

Double the sugar measurement or adjust to taste if you want a sweeter beef dry rub. Some recipes, such as beef ribs, require a sweeter rub to achieve a gorgeously caramelized finish.

How Should I Store My Beef Dry Rub?

Glass, lockable jars with seals are the best way to store beef dry rub at home for up to six months. If you have a silica anti-moisture pack, place this with the seasoning to keep it fresher for longer and prevent clumping.

What Is The Best Seasoning For Beef?

We recommend using our beef rub seasoning for any beef dishes you’re making, particularly if you’re smoking your meat. This recipe can be adjusted to taste and is incredibly versatile.

How Do You Add Flavor To Beef?

Beef without seasoning can be quite bland, so we recommend using a beef dry rub before cooking your joint. This ensures incredible flavors in your meat and a succulent melt-in-the-mouth texture when cooked correctly.

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Beef Dry Rub Recipe

Once you prepare this incredibly versatile rub, it’s ready to go whenever you need it. Scale up the recipe for multiple servings and store it in an airtight container for future use. When you're ready to use it, apply it liberally to all sides of your meat before cooking.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins


  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Funnel (optional – if storing)
  • Airtight Container (optional – if storing)
  • Anti-Moisture Silica Packet (optional – if storing)


  • 1 tsp chipotle or cayenne pepper powder
  • 2 tsp ancho powder or American chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Measure out the right amount of each ingredient.
  • Combine all ingredients together & mix thoroughly.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container for future use.