All Purpose Red Rub

This recipe is adapted from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que All American Roadhouse Cookbook. I love their restaurant in Rochester, New York. Lucky for me, I have family that lives there! I can always count on a dinner at Dinosaur when we visit. This is a great BBQ rub to put on anything you want to grill. I love it on boneless chicken breasts. Grill the chicken with the rub and then halfway through, slather with your favorite BBQ sauce.


  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup garlic powder
  • 6 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

I place all the ingredients in a good size (32oz) air-tight plastic container. To make sure the brown sugar is properly incorporated, use your hands to mix it together… put the lid on and give it a shake. That’s it! Use what you need, then store it in your pantry. Although Dinosaur doesn’t indicate a shelf-life, I’ve kept mine for more than a month and it’s perfect.

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4 Responses to “All Purpose Red Rub”

  1. This seems like a most delicious ‘RUB’ to actually double or triple make up and keep in a bottle in the ‘fridge. Do you think it would last & for approx how long?

  2. If I made triple the amount or something & keep in ‘fridge…would it hold/…& for how long?

    • Actually I put mine in one of those large fabulous deli containers that you inspired me to buy hundreds of, and keep it in the pantry. It will keep for more than a month (mine has). The brown sugar might not respond well to the moisture in the frig. Better kept dry in a cabinet. The recipe actually makes a lot. I don’t think you need to double. Maybe try once with the amount it makes and see if it’s enough. You should try my turkey burger recipe I just posted : ) It uses the rub too.


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