Brisket Rub

Brisket Rub

Brisket rub is an essential tool in any pitmasters toolkit. No beef brisket is complete without the incredible flavors that this brisket rub can bring. After trying your smoked brisket, your guests will be dying for this rub recipe.

Brisket Rub Recipe

This dry rub recipe is perfect for brisket, though you can substitute specific ingredients to adjust for your own personal tastes with any of our recipes. We encourage creativity at BBQ Hero, so feel free to experiment with the spices in this recipe to create your own ideal dry rub perfect for a Sunday brisket dinner.

For a dry rub recipe that will elevate your brisket and enhance the natural flavors, read on:

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

How To Make Brisket Rub

Brisket has a reputation for being tough meat. However, with the right preparation, seasonings, and cooking method, you can create a deliciously succulent and flavorful meal for your family and friends.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Wood Flavour: N/A
  • Cooking Temperature: N/A
  • Servings: 2lb of meat

Required Tools

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


  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (add more for extra heat)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 3 tbsp maple sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika

Making Brisket Rub

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

Making Brisket Rub

1 – Measure Ingredients

Using measuring spoons or small weighing scales, measure out the correct amount of each ingredient. Feel free to use your creativity here to add more seasonings, adjust the measurements or remove seasonings you’re not a fan of.

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.

2 – Combine & Mix

Combine all of your ingredients together in a mixing bowl & mix thoroughly until fully combined. During this process, you want to combine so thoroughly that no groupings of any particular seasonings are showing in your bowl.

3 – Use Or Store

Use the brisket rub immediately by patting your brisket carefully yet generously after trimming away all fat. 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 our favorite Perfectly Smoked Brisket recipe.

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, and your rub can last for months.

Brisket Rub FAQs

How Do I Make A Big Batch Of Brisket Dry Rub?

Making a big batch of brisket dry rub is easy. This recipe provides enough seasoning for approximately 2lb of meat, so multiply your quantities appropriately for the size of batch you wish to make.

Can I Make A Less Spicy Brisket Rub?

If you don’t like the heat, remove the cayenne pepper, or replace it with something less spicy, such as mild chili powder, for a bite without overbearing spice. We also recommend halving the amount of black pepper for a gentler flavor too.

What Type Of Sugar Should I Use For My Brisket Rub?

We recommend using maple sugar in your dry rub as it imparts a delicious flavor when your brisket is smoked. However, opt for date sugar if you’re looking for a healthier alternative. Increase the quantity slightly for a sweeter flavor, as date sugar has high fiber content.

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