Sweet & Spicy BBQ Rub

July/August 2014

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This all-purpose sweet and spicy barbecue rub recipe has a classic smoky flavor ideal for chicken, pork, steak or tofu. For the best flavor, rub meat (or tofu) at least 10 minutes before and up to 30 minutes before cooking.

Sweet & Spicy BBQ Rub

Makes: About 1/3 cup

Serving Size: About 2 tsp.

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  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, salt, paprika, garlic powder, ginger and cayenne in a small bowl.


Per serving: 19 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 2 g total sugars; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 471 mg sodium; 52 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 0

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