Brisket Rub

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Brisket is the perfect choice for a weekend BBQ. This recipe for Brisket Rub ensures that your brisket will be juicy and flavourful. The combination of paprika, chilli powder, and cumin creates a savoury rub that is perfect for both beef and pork.  And, best of all, it only takes a few minutes to prepare. So, if you’re looking for a delicious way to impress your guests, this Brisket Rub is a perfect choice.

Brisket Rub Recipe

Brisket Rub
Brisket Rub


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.

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

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

How To Make Brisket Rub

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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 flavour to your meat, so be as liberal as you like with the seasoning.

We recommend using this rub on our favourite 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 flavour 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 flavour 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 flavour, as date sugar has high fibre content.

Brisket Rub

Brisket Rub Recipe

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.
5 from 3 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 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


  • 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.