Husband Approved Dry Rub

Husband Approved Dry Rub makes chicken, ribs or your favorite cut of meat taste absolutely phenomenal. This recipe has a great balance of heat, spice and sweetness. Both men and women will go crazy for the flavors of this dry rub. 

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Pork Dry Rub recipe mix together in a white bowl.

Recently I had the pleasure of watching my husband, father and brother dive into a plate of ribs that were made with this Husband Approved Dry Rub recipe. It was like watching men who hadn’t eaten for a year eat again. Ok, so I will admit, I was also acting like a voracious animal myself tearing into those ribs because, they were that glorious. This rub was a huge reason why. This dry rub recipe has a wonderful balance of sweet to smokiness with a mild to medium heat. I would love to be able to say I created this recipe but I only created the name. My younger brother Tommy has a deep love for BBQ and smoked flavors. With that love he created this Husband Approved Dry Rub recipe and was gracious enough to let me share it with all of you. Just look at how gorgeous meat turns out using this rub:

Best Dry Rubbed Ribs using Husband Approved Dry Rub recipe.

Best Dry Rubbed Ribs of Your Life

Husband Approved Dry Rubbed Chicken using Husband Approved Dry Rub.

Husband Approved Dry Rubbed Chicken

Tips about Husband Approved Dry Rub:

  • First off, if you are fairly new to grilling and/or cooking meats, you may be asking what is a dry rub?  Dry rubs generally consist of dried spices, herbs, sugar and seasonings rubbed on meats before cooking. Their sole purpose is to impart flavor.
  • Dry rubs are generally applied right before cooking however they can be applied a few hours before cooking to increase the flavor profile.
  • Pro Tip: Buy quality spices for this rub. Here are some of my favorites: Onion powder, Smoked paprika, Chipotle powder, Garlic powder, Black pepper and Brown sugar. (affiliate)
  • This Husband Approved Dry Rub recipe produces a medium heat. For a more mild heat use 1/2 tsp- 1 tsp chipotle powder and substitute the amount taken out with smoked paprika.
Husband Approved Dry Rub makes chicken , ribs or your favorite cut of meat absolutely phenomenal. Chipotle gives it a balanced heat, smoked paprika a warmth and brown sugar a slight sweetness. Both men and woman will go nuts for this dry rub.

Husband Approved Dry Rub

A dry rub that makes chicken, ribs or your favorite cuts of meat taste phenomenal.
4.90 from 46 votes
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Course: Spices/Rub
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dry Rub For Chicken, Dry Rub For Ribs, Rib Rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 378kcal
Author: Heather


  • 1/3 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Measure all ingredients into a small mixing bowl and thoroughly mix to fully incorporate spices. Rub on all sides of your favorite cut of meat.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible.* Recipe makes enough rub for 1 full rack of ribs, 1 large piece of meat or 6-10 chicken pieces.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 4649IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 4mg
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    1. Hi Katie. Now worries at all . I know it won’t it won’t be the right dry rub for everyone. If you do give it a chance again I would recommend lowering the brown sugar by half. I hope you have a great day!

  1. Hi Heather, I thought this dry rub was amazing perfect blend of spices.. I have used this on chicken , ribs and omg outstanding on pork Chops .. The chipotle powder is gorgeous flavour.. beautifully tasty & loved by the family & friends ..Bravo!! I totally recommend this to everyone.

    1. Oh Suzanne this makes me so happy to hear! This is one of the best feelings ever when readers enjoy my recipes. Thank you so much for taking the time to try it and for sharing with family and friends.

  2. 5 stars
    This recipe is the absolute best. I never cooked before April when my wife bought me an air fryer. I’ve made this recipe lots of times since then.

    1. That is absolutely awesome!!! Mark I can not tell you how happy it makes me knowing that it is bringing you and your family enjoyment. Thank you so much for trying the recipe and writing a review!

  3. I have to tell you that this is out-of-this-world AMAZING! I didn’t have chipotle powder and I added a tad bit more garlic than stated (btw it was roasted garlic). I put this rub on pork steaks and broiled it. Hands down delicious, full of flavor and sooo moist. Normally my favorite way to eat this type of meat would be to marinate it in Italian dressing and grill it (Yum), however……..this is just lick your bowl deliciousness. I can’t say thank you enough for sharing your recipe❤️

    1. Yay!! I am so happy to hear you love it and roasted garlic sounds perfect. Thank you for trying the recipe and coming back to leave a comment. I very appreciate it!!

    1. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy that makes me. Thank you so much for taking the time to make the recipe and coming back to comment! Now I am in the mood for grilling.

  4. Omg!! Amazingly delicious rub I must admit I’ve been using your recipe for at least a year now and it’s one of the best dry rubs I’ve ever used and I’m a Chef by trade .. In my house when it comes to cooking and needing a rub we are like Best ever husband rub time haha!! Bravo !! & Thankyou.🌼

  5. Excellent rib rub!
    My husband rubs the ribs then lightly brushes on our favorite bbq sauce.
    Wraps tightly in foil & grill low. Then he’ll put ribs directly on grill. Wow.
    Very delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! We ate every bite and wished for more! I must confess–I didn’t use any chipotle and I used a smoked paprika/garlic blend from Pampered Chef.

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Honestly, I often have to lower the chipotle or eliminate it when I have little ones or anyone with more delicate taste buds eating.
      Thank you so much for giving the recipe and try and coming back to comment.

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