Bludso’s BBQ Rub Recipe

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After choosing quality meat, the next best thing you can do for your BBQ is apply the right blend of spices. Bludso’s BBQ rub can bring your BBQ recipes to the next level without much effort.

Bludso’s BBQ has been serving us Texas-style slow-smoked BBQ for five generations now. With Bludso’s BBQ rub, you can have the ultimate BBQ experience. Why buy it when you can make your own at home. 

I’m gonna show you how to make Bludso’s BBQ rub out of the spices in your cabinet. Tag along and you’ll thank me later.

Bludso's BBQ Rub Recipe

Bludso’s Barbecue Dry Rub Ingredients:

Do your taste buds like a kick of spice and heat? Then you need the best quality dry rub to spice up your BBQ. A barbecue rub is any combination of dry spices, salt, and sugar that is spread on the meat before putting it for barbecuing. 

Dry rubs use only dried and powdered ingredients such as garlic salt, brown sugar cumin, or paprika. Wondering what makes Bludso’s BBQ rub work so well? I used only 7 fresh and best-quality ingredients that are the key to our recipe today. 

Garlic Salt:

Garlic salt is a combination of 1 part dried, ground garlic, and 3 parts of regular salt. Calcium Silicate is mixed with it as an anti-caking factor. ½ cup of garlic salt is used in the recipe to boost flavor.

Black Pepper:

Black pepper contains piperine which produces heat when added to any recipe. It has a complex flavor that goes well with BBQ meat. 1 tablespoon of black pepper enhances the aroma of our copycat Kevin Bludso’s BBQ rub recipe.

Brown Sugar:

Brown sugar provides the necessary sweetness to meat and makes the outer portion nicely caramelized. It also has the property to tenderize meat. ½ cup of brown sugar will be enough for our dry rub recipe.


Paprika is dried and ground chile pepper. A seasoning that goes with almost all savory recipes. Paprika is a powerful spice that can be mild, sweet as well as spicy and smoky. 1 tablespoon smoked paprika is used in our BBQ dry rub recipe.


Cumin has an inherent sweetness at the same time warming flavor. It pairs well with paprika and together they boost spiciness. 2 teaspoons of cumin powder is used to make our Bledsoe barbecue rub rich with spice. 

Onion Powder:

Onion powder is particularly flavorful with rich onion extracts. It tastes both sweet and spicy. It improves the texture of BBQ sauces and rubs. 1 tablespoon of onion powder is used in our dry rub recipe.

Chili Powder:

Chili powder is the show-stopper ingredient that completes Bludso’s BBQ rub recipe. 1 tablespoon of chili powder makes our BBQ rub all hot and spicy for BBQ meat. 

How To Make Bludso’s BBQ Dry Rub:

Do you also love to keep your pantry full of flavor bombs? BBQ rub is a really handy way to add an extra something to our BBQ dishes. This Bludso’s BBQ rub recipe is easy to make. You just have to mix the right ratio of spices. Let’s look into the easy steps:

Step 1:

Take a large dry bowl. Measure and put all the ingredients one by one. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk until they are well blended.

Step 2:

Use it right away or transfer it to an airtight container. Keep away from sunlight and humidity. 

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  • Wondering how to use Bludso’s BBQ rub properly? First, Dry your ribs or brisket with a kitchen towel. Next, spread a little mustard over it. Now, your meat is ready to absorb seasoning. 
  • Sprinkle the BBQ rub evenly on the upper part with a heavy layer. Flip the brisket over and repeat the spreading. Your brisket is ready to go for barbecuing.
  • Dry rubs work mostly on the surface level and don’t penetrate the meat’s inside. So, don’t hesitate to apply the rub boldly to have flavorful meat. 
  • Try to use freshly made ingredients that carry nice color and intense aroma. 
  • If you don’t like the bold flavor of black pepper, you can skip or lessen the use of it.
  • Concerned with the use of sugar in the recipe? Low and slow smoking will give you a nice, caramelized top layer. 
  • You can customize the rub by adding a teaspoonful of your preferred spice like cinnamon, clove, or turmeric powder. 
  • As Bludso’s BBQ rub contains sugar it can get clumpy if not stored properly. Store them in a cool, dry place, away from heat.
  • Make sure that you always put a dry and clean spoon in the stored BBQ rub container. As moisture ruins any dry spice easily.
Bludso's BBQ Rub Recipe

Bludso’s BBQ Rub Recipe

The best-ever Bludso’s BBQ dry rub recipe will intensify, not overpower the natural flavor of meat. Make your BBQ a perfect balance of spicy, sweet and savory.
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Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings2 Cups
AuthorNaomi Rogers


  • 1/2 cup Garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup brown suga
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2  teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Chili powder


  • Take a large bowl. Measure and put all the recipe ingredients
  • Mix very well until there are no clumps
  • Use right away or store in an airtight container for later use


Calories: 380kcal


A well-prepared BBQ rub can make your BBQ from good to excellent without much effort. Our Bludso’s BBQ dry rub is sweet up front, with a pleasant bite of heat following. Add this to your BBQ pork, ribs, briskets, or even chicken roasts. And see the magic!

Though my copycat Bludso’s BBQ dry rub recipe will completely guide you to have a flavorful BBQ, you can easily customize it according to your preferred spiciness. So, what’s stopping you? Roll up your sleeves and give it a try.

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