Corned Beef Rub Recipe

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Do you want to make your corned beef mouth-watering? A perfect rub made from a fresh mix of spices is the key. Of course, when you buy packed beef brisket, you get a spice packet with it. But you are looking for something extra and special here.

Our homemade Corned Beef rub recipe is so simple yet elegant. It is a combination of all your required spices for beef. Just spread this corned beef spice rub on your beef brisket and you’ll be amazed with the results. Tag along, let’s create this recipe together. 

Corned Beef Rub Recipe

Corned Beef Seasoning Ingredients

Mixing spices and seasonings on your own gives you the luxury to manipulate the flavors. Our spicy and smoky seasoning recipe for corned beef softens and spices up the corned beef like magic. It’s tangy with pickling spice, smoky with paprika, and a little sweet with brown sugar.

Fresh spices and a customized combination- what can be better! Let’s know the 7 simple ingredients needed. I bet most of them are already in your kitchen.

Brown Sugar:

Brown sugar is a less-refined version of white sugar and is considered to be a healthier option. It works on breaking down the fibers of the beef. 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar adds needed sweetness at the same time caramelizes the brisket nicely. 

Smoked Paprika:

Do you like your corned beef super smoky? Then you’ll love using this dry rub on your corned beef. Smoked paprika is not really hot, it is mainly smoky in flavor. 1 teaspoon of freshly smoked hot paprika gives our corned beef rub the smokiness needed. 

Mustard Seeds:

Mustard seeds kick up the heat and flavor of your corned beef. Also, it tenderizes the proteins of beef making it melt in your mouth. 1 tablespoon of whole yellow mustard seeds gives the corned beef rub bold mustard flavors.

Salt and Pepper:

Salt and pepper are the classic ingredients found in almost any recipe. Also, pepper softens the corned beef so that other spices can reach deep inside. ¼ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper enhance the natural flavor of the beef.

Onion Powder:

The aim of onion powder is to intensify the bold paprika flavors. Though it doesn’t have any taste of onion, it definitely makes a difference in the rub’s overall performance. 1 teaspoon of onion powder is used in the recipe.

Garlic Powder:

Want your corned beef savory and strong? Garlic has an inherent pungency which goes well with any kind of meat. 1 teaspoon of garlic powder provides depth in the zesty flavors. 

Pickling Spice:

Pickling spice is a spice mix used to pickle many food items. It usually contains peppercorns, bay leaves, coriander seeds allspice berries and some other spices. 2 teaspoons of pickling spice makes our corned beef spice rub sweet and spicy.

How To Season A Corned Beef

Seasoning corned beef is very simple with this recipe. You just have to measure all the spices and mix them well. So, let’s skip that boring little spice packet. Make the customized rub that gives us an appealing change in flavor. 

Step 1:

Heat a small pan to medium heat. Put the mustard seeds and pickling spice in the pan. Lightly roast them for 1 minute, stirring frequently. The spices will bloom and be ready for grinding.

Step 2:

Transfer the roasted spice to a spice grinder. Add sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powder. Grind them to your desired consistency. 

And you’re done. Your dry rub for corned beef is ready to use.

Step 3:

Wondering how to use this corned beef spice rub? Just slather the dry rub on the whole beef brisket. Use an ample amount of spice and rub it gently on the meat with your hands. And your beef brisket is ready to cook.

Corned Beef Rub Recipe

Corned Beef Rub Recipe

This quick and easy Corned Beef rub recipe is definitely better than the store-bought spice packets. Read on to make your beef filled with perfect spices.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings5 people
AuthorNaomi Rogers


  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Pickling spice


  • Heat a small pan to medium heat
  • Roast mustard seeds and pickling spice for 1 minute
  • Transfer them in a grinder and add remaining ingredients in it
  • Grind them very well and your dry rub for corned beef is ready


  • It is wise to lightly toast any whole seeds or spices before grinding. Toasting them intensifies the flavors, and allows us to have the perfect seasoning for corned beef.
  • You may experiment by adding some other spices to make this blend more rich. For example, Cinnamon, dill seeds, anise seeds, etc.
  • Homemade dry rub for corned beef will stay intact for up to 6 months. Store it in a dry, airtight container.
  • Be careful while adding salt as corned beef usually contains salt in itself. 
  • Don’t have the pickling spice ready? Nothing to worry about. Take 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon allspice berries, ½ teaspoon cardamom seeds, and 2 bay leaves. Grind them well. Your pickling spice is ready to use.


Calories: 75kcal


Enjoyed our seasoning recipe for corned beef? This corned beef spice rub includes all the traditional corned beef spices. It is the one spice mix I always store in a jar in my pantry. I usually refill the spice jar so that I have it ready to use on any occasion. I bet you’ll also want this tongue-pleasing dry rub for corned beef in your kitchen.

Want your corned beef delicious and fork tender? So, what’s stopping you? Go on and make your magic mix following the recipe. Best of luck!

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