Rubs with Chilli

Dry rubs made with Chillies

If you haven't already found " your "  rub, the one that will make BBQs at your place special, where do you start?  If you look online or walk around a reasonably big supermarket, you will find hundreds of rubs literally, each claiming to be the very best. It takes trial and error to find the right one.

Funny thing is though rubs are not hard to make. So WHY NOT MAKE YOUR OWN!   In that way, you can make adjustments as you go and finally get to where you want to be. This section will get you going in the right direction

Recipes for BBQ rubs

Ultimate rib rub
BBQ Chicken rub
Jamaican jerk rub

One to get you going

Making a rub with chillies is a great way to add some heat and flavor to your meats, poultry, or vegetables. Here's a simple recipe for a chilli rub:


  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Rub the mixture onto your meat or vegetables, using your hands to make sure it's evenly distributed.
  3. Let the rub sit on the meat or vegetables for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Grill, roast, or bake the meat or vegetables according to your preferred method until cooked through.

Note: You can adjust the heat level of the rub by adding more or less cayenne pepper. You can also substitute other types of Chilli powder, such as Chipotle or Ancho, to customize the flavor of the rub to your liking.