Sweet Brown Sugar Rub

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Any good chef knows that the secret to a great grill is a good rub. A rub is a mixture of spices that is rubbed into the meat before cooking. It adds flavour and helps to keep the juices in, resulting in a more tender and flavourful steak. This Sweet Brown Sugar Rub is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury, and it’s sure to become your new go-to recipe for grilling season. So fire up the grill and get ready to impress your friends and family with your culinary skills!

Sweet Brown Sugar Rub

Sweet Brown Sugar Rub
Sweet Brown Sugar Rub

One of the best things about this sweet brown sugar rub recipe is that it tastes incredible as it is, but it’s also versatile and can be adjusted to suit your personal tastes. One of our favourite variations of this rub recipe is adding a hint of heat for a sweet yet spicy rub perfect for beef or chicken.

Once you prepare this sweet rub, you can store it in an airtight container for up to six months. Although sweet rubs aren’t for everyone, there are certain types of meat where you need the sweetness that this rub provides.

For a versatile sweet brown sugar rub recipe to satisfy the sweet tooth in your life, read on:

How To Make Sweet Brown Sugar 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 together 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 sweet brown sugar 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 meat such as Smoked Chicken WingsSmoked Beef Short Ribs, or Perfectly Smoked Brisket.

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.

Sweet Brown Sugar Rub FAQs

What Is In a Sweet Brown Sugar Rub?

We recommend using brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet paprika, and black pepper for your sweet brown sugar rub. Other optional additions to elevate the rub further are cayenne pepper, oregano, and smoked paprika.

Why Is Brown Sugar Used In Rubs?

Brown sugar is an excellent ingredient to sweeten classic rubs for seasoning your meat. It can also help accelerate the browning of the skin when used on chicken or pork.

Is Brown Sugar Good For Brisket Rub?

This sweet brown sugar rub is incredible when used before smoking brisket. It’s a simple blend of ingredients that elevate the natural flavours of brisket whilst adding a hint of sweetness.

How Long Does Dry Rub With Brown Sugar Last?

As your dry rub with brown sugar will be combined thoroughly, it will last up to six months in an airtight container if you keep it in a cool, dry place.

Sweet Brown Sugar Rub

Sweet Brown Sugar Rub Recipe

This sweet brown sugar rub is perfect for bringing out the natural flavor of just about any meat, and it’s incredibly easy to make. If you’re looking for a sweet rub that will caramelize perfectly on the smoker, we’ve got you covered.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 4


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


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp oregano (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika (optional)


  • 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.