Bring da Heat Rub

One of my favourite rubs for pork. This one uses brown sugar which gives your food a nice bark. It has lots of spices that have a nice heat and work well together. Rub this on your pork the night before your grill and you will be one happy griller.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup fine sea salt you can use kosher salt as well
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder or flakes I ran out of flakes, not cool man
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of granulated chipotle more or less to your taste
  • 1 teaspoon chil powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho pepper powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper I'm actually not a fan of black pepper but hubs likes it


  1. Pour all your ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix really well.
  2. Transfer to an air tight container and seal. I use mason jars for spices. Love them.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place away from heat and sun.
  4. When ready to use rub generously on meat the night before you cook it.
  5. My process is to slightly moisten the meat with oil. Then I coat the meat with rub. Then I rub it in. Then I cover it and pop it in the fridge overnight. I take the meat out about 30 minutes before I need it so I don't grill cold meat.

Recipe Notes

You can add anything that suits your fancy to this. Ginger would be nice, Orange or lemon zest would be nice. Even a hit of cumin would give it some extra oomph. Play around until you get the perfect blend for you.

For those watching their sugar or salt you may not want to use rubs. They are high in salt and sugar for a reason. The salt seasons the meat and the sugar provides the bark, or crust, people love on grilled food. So if you have health issues where you need to avoid sugar or salt you may want to use herbs instead.