The Best Brisket Dry Rub

The Best Brisket Dry Rub is made with a handful of simple spices. It will take your smoked brisket to the next level!

Closeup of brisket dry rub in a small glass jar with a wood spoon in it.


This rub is my go-to brisket rub. I will tell you, it really is the best. I've been making different variations of this rub for all kinds of smoked meats over the years, but I've fine-tuned this version specifically for brisket and it is phenomenal.

I'm personally not a huge fan of sweet in my rubs for beef, so this brisket rub recipe doesn't require any sugar. It's just a simple mix of common pantry spices that will take your brisket to the next level.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

A wood spoon filled with brisket dry rub on a rustic wood background.

WHAT IS IN BRISKET DRY RUB?

Brisket Dry Rub is made with six simple ingredients:

  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • ground mustard powder


IS BRISKET DRY RUB SPICY?

This dry rub has a large amount of black pepper whick gives it a little spicy kick. To mellow out the pepper, you can reduce it by up to half. We love it as is, though!

WHAT IS A DRY RUB?

A dry rub is a blend of spices that is rubbed directly onto meat before cooking.

Top view of brisket dry rub ingredients on a white plate on a rustic wood background.

WHAT IS BRISKET?

Brisket is a cut of beef from the lower chest area of a cow. It is known to be a tough cut of beef due to the amount of connective tissue in that part of the animal. A low-temperature slow cook can yield tender, juicy, flavorful brisket.

DO YOU HAVE TO MARINATE THE BRISKET WITH DRY RUB?

You do not have to marinate your brisket with the rub. I like to apply the rub to the meat before preparing the smoker, so it ends up on the meat for roughly half an hour before hitting the heat.

Closeup side view of brisket dry rub in a small glass jar.

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If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

3 tablespoons

The Best Brisket Dry Rub


The Best Brisket Dry Rub is made with a handful of simple spices. It will take your smoked brisket to the next level!

  prep time: cook time: total time: 40 MIN 

INGREDIENTS


1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard


INSTRUCTIONS


1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Rub the mixture all over the brisket and prepare as desired.


NOTES


This recipe makes enough rub for a 3-4 pound brisket. If your brisket is larger, you should double or triple the recipe accordingly.

Author: Becky


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