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Gooseberry Creek’s Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub

My husband and I love us some good barbecue. I mean we had barbecue catered for our wedding dinner. I’m not just talking any barbecue, but the full feast: pulled pork, pulled chicken, baked beans, potato salad and cole slaw. It was delicious and I enjoyed every mouth full in my perfect white wedding dress.

So through the years I’ve tried to perfect my own barbecue skills. Though they aren’t quite up to par with Pappy’s Smokehouse (the BEST barbecue I’ve ever had), but I have managed to perfect my BBQ Rub and it is fantastic. It is the perfect dry rub for ribs or fantastic seasoning for pulled pork when used with Cherry Balsalmic Vinegar.

It is literally the perfect combination of smoked paprika, spice and brown sugar. I haven’t had a meat yet that it wasn’t good on and even though I prefer it with smoked meat, it is still delicious used on meat in the crockpot or Instant Pot. Here it is folks… and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Gooseberry Creek’s Sweet and Smoky BBQ Rub

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Summer Savory
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper


Pour ingredients in a container that has an air-tight lid and mix well with fork until well combined. Use as Dry Rub on smoked meat or use with Cherry Balsalmic Vinegar to make pulled pork or chicken. Place lid firmly on container and store extra for future use.

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