Chicken Dry Rub

If you’re a keen BBQ enthusiast who loves firing up your backyard smoker on the weekend, you’ll cook a lot of chicken. And when you do, you’ll need the perfect rub for it.

Chicken dry rub helps to enhance the flavor of your meat and takes your BBQs to the next level. Chicken always tastes good when cooked over a flame. But it gets so much better when you have a great rub to go with it.

In this post, we introduce a chicken dry rub that will finally do your chicken justice. And what’s more, it’s super simple to make. You don’t need any special kitchen skills or tools.

The only difficult part is collecting all the ingredients. But you probably have the vast majority of these in your pantry already.

So how do you make this fabulous rub? Let’s take a look.


1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp coriander seed powder
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried oregano
3 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
3 tbsp ground black pepper
¼ cup smoked paprika


Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Make sure that you combine the spices so that they are evenly distributed throughout.

Place in a container and seal the lid.

You can apply this rub to your chicken immediately. As a rule of thumb, you’ll need about ½ tsp of salt per pound of raw meat.

On that basis, this recipe should be good for 12 lbs of chicken – or about three average size birds.

Sometimes spices can clump together over time, making it difficult to apply to your chicken if you store it. We recommend using a lockable glass jar with a rubber seal to prevent moisture from moving in and out.

Can I make batches of chicken dry rub?

You never know when you’ll need chicken dry rub so it helps to have a batch standing by.

In general, it is much easier to make the rub in a single session, instead of getting out the ingredients every time.

Making a batch is easy. Just remember that there are three teaspoons to a tablespoon, and four tablespoons to a quarter cup.

You can also just multiply all of the measurements above by the same amount, using the measurements given.

Can I use this chicken dry rub on other meats?

If you’ve made dry rubs for the BBQ before, you’ll notice that this recipe looks a lot like many of the others out there.

The basics of dry rubs are all very similar. However, you should note that this particular rub contains a lot of herbs which you won’t find in such high quantities in most recipes.

You can technically use this rub on other meats, but it works best on chicken and fowl. It won’t go as well with red meats.

Can I make a less herby version?

If you want gentler flavors, try swapping out the oregano for marjoram.

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