A good basic BBQ 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 bbq rub, 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.

smoked paprika bbq rub

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Smoked Paprika BBQ Rub

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  • Author: Robyn


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
  • ½tblsp 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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