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Smoked Paprika BBQ Rub

Smoked BBQ Rub: smoked sea salt, smoked brown sugar, smoked pepper, smoked paprika and coriander.

A good basic rub recipe is a must if you like to grill. Sure, you can buy rubs, and its fun to try out different types, but perfecting your own rub recipe is rewarding and eliminates the need to rely on someone else. Plus, knowing the basics of making your own rub will only open your opportunities for experimentation and rub variations in the future. So, learn to make your own rubs and impress your friends!

Ever since I discovered smoked spices from Bourbon Barrel foods a few years ago, I was in love. Smoked sea salt, smoked paprika and smoked sugar add depth of flavor to your rubs, enhancing the flavor of grilled or smoked food and taking it to the next level.

In my travels I’ve seen many specialty spice stores popping up such as The Spice Quarter in Fort Lauderdale near me, but anything you could ever possibly want is available online. I order my spices from Bourbon Barrel because I like to support small companies who are passionate about what they do and support their local economy (they smoke spices in recycled bourbon barrels from Kentucky). I have a promo code on my site if you would like to give them a try- they also make great gifts for the foodies in your life.

Here is a basic rub recipe that I have “upped the ante” using smoked spices. This will still be good if you have the regular, non- smoker version of the spices but if you can give them  a try you will not be sorry!


  • 3 tblsp smoked brown sugar (I used Bourbon Barrel)
  • 2 tblsp smoked paprika – I got mine from the local spice store, “The Spice Quarter”
  • 1.5 tblsp smoked sea salt – (I used Bourbon Barrel)
  • 1 tblsp smoked coarsely ground black pepper
  • ½

    tblsp ground coriander


Combine the spices above. Goes well rubbed on chicken or pork. (*When using rub, I recommend rubbing the meat in olive oil, then adding your chosen rub). Let me know what you think and if you have rub recipes you love, please share!

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7 Responses to Smoked Paprika BBQ Rub

  1. Chris November 18, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Great rub here, Robyn. Subbing smoked spices is a way to amp up your flavors.

  2. thespicequarter November 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    It’s those little flavor boosts that make all the difference, thanks Robyn!

  3. cc November 19, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    Love Bourbon Barrel! Try their soy sauce!

  4. Annie November 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Thanks, Robyn!!! Your recipes are always the best! My neighbors love it when I use this type of rub on baby back ribs. I set out sauce “just in case”, but no one ever needs it with this much flavor!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!! :)

  5. Chef James April 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Why spend the money on smoked spices when you smoke you’re meat? I have been a Pit Master for over 20 years I just buy regular spices for my rubs and get the real smoke flavor from the wood! I have used smoked spices before and they just muddle the true smoke flavor. If you need to use smoked spices maybe you should rethink your wood choice!

  6. Robyn April 15, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Hi Chef James-

    Very good point. While I do smoke meat pretty often, I also do a lot of grilling. By using smoked spices I can impart smokiness to anything I cook. But I do see your point! :)


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