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I’ve had a lot of fun teaching myself to make homemade seasonings this year. I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly sure how to make brisket rub, but I just looked at the ingredients for a few store-bought versions and then tested out my own based on those. It turned out even better than I expected!
Try this simple Texas beef brisket rub recipe the next time you’re cooking up a slab of brisket… though I’m willing to bet it’s delicious on other beef recipes, too. It takes just a few minutes to mix together and will make your brisket slightly smoky, spicy, and plenty savory all at the same time. The incredible mix of flavors makes it the best brisket rub, in my opinion.
Texas Brisket Rub Ingredients
Wondering what goes in brisket rub? The brisket rub ingredients we’re using are very simple, and you probably have them in your pantry:
- Smoked paprika
- Sea salt
- Garlic powder
- Black pepper
- Cayenne pepper
- Onion powder
- Dried oregano
- Ground cumin
The amounts of each are on the recipe card below.
Sometimes, brisket rub recipes also include brown sugar. I omitted this to be able to be appropriate for those who are low carb, but you can add 1-2 tablespoons if you like.
TIP: You can also use Besti Brown Sweetener for a sugar-free option that still has brown sugar sweetness and flavor.
How To Make Beef Brisket Rub
This brisket rub recipe comes together in just a few minutes! To make it, simply stir the brisket rub ingredients together.
How To Use Brisket Rub
For instructions on how to use brisket rub, go to my beef brisket recipe. It’s super easy! You’ll need 1 tablespoon brisket rub per pound of meat.
Brisket Rub Recipe FAQs
How long should dry rub be on brisket?
Ideally, you want to give the beef brisket rub some time to flavor the meat.
At minimum, apply beef brisket rub on at least an hour prior to cooking, but for optimal results, overnight is best. The max is 24 hours.
How to apply rub to brisket:
When applying this easy brisket rub to your meat, simply sprinkle on meat generously and rub into the meat to help it stick.
Is Texas style brisket rub gluten-free?
Yes, this BBQ brisket dry rub recipe is gluten-free. Check labels carefully if you purchase it somewhere, because sometimes gluten-based starches are added as fillers or anti-caking agents.
How to store Texas dry rub for brisket:
Store this basic brisket rub recipe in an airtight container in the pantry for up to 2 years, though it will be most-flavorful if used within a year.
More Homemade Seasoning Mixes
If you like this traditional Texas brisket rub recipe, you’ll probably like my other homemade seasoning and spice mixes. These are full of flavor – and no weird preservatives or fillers!
- Poultry Seasoning – Just 5 simple ingredients and SO many ways to use this seasoning. It’s not just for chicken!
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – You’ll use this simple seasoning all fall, with every pumpkin recipe out there.
- Fajita Seasoning – Fajita night just got an upgrade with this easy seasoning mix. Bonus, there’s a secret ingredient that will help tenderize the meat, too.
- Cajun Seasoning – The best part about this blend? (Besides it taking just a few minutes?) You probably have all of the spices already.
Tools To Make DIY Brisket Rub
Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Glass Storage Jars – This set has everything you need to start blending your own spice mixes, and they are the perfect size to store one full recipe for homemade brisket rub.
- Measuring Spoons – Missing half of your measuring spoons? It’s time for a new set! I love this 6-piece set.
- Label Maker – Now that I’ve got a pantry of homemade seasonings, I need to label them properly so that they don’t get mixed up! This is a great tool for organizing the kitchen.
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The Best Texas Brisket Rub Recipe
What's the secret to awesome brisket? The best brisket rub! This simple, easy Texas brisket rub recipe takes minutes and uses common spices.
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Stir all ingredients together. Store in an airtight jar.
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Serving size: 1 teaspoon
Makes 1/2 cup.
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