• Brown sugar 1/3 cup
  • Paprika 2 tbsp
  • smoked paprika 1 tbsp
  • Freshly ground black pepper 2 1/2 tsp
  • Kosher Salt 1 tbsp
  • Garlic powder 1 tbsp
  • Onion powder 1 tbsp
  • Mustard powder 3/4 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp

When it comes to fantastic homemade brisket, the way you season the meat is just as important as the cooking method. This phenomenal smoked brisket rub will infuse your brisket with a sweet, spicy, smoky flavor that will have your friends and family begging for the recipe. Smoked brisket rub doesn't need to be reserved only for brisket. You can use it to season other cuts of meat, poultry, even vegetables. It's incredibly simple to make. Just combine the ingredients and it's ready to use!

Ingredients for Brisket Dry Rub

Several different ingredients go into this smoked brisket rub, and when combined, they create a delicious, complex seasoning that goes great no only with brisket, but any type of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables as well. To make dry brisket rub, you'll need paprika, smoked paprika, cayenne powder, mustard powder, some onion and garlic powder, plus salt and pepper. To balance out the spicy kick, also mix in some brown sugar. The sugar will caramelize as the meat cooks, giving it a sensational taste.

How to Make Smoked Brisket Rub

All you need to do to make dry brisket rub is combine the sugar and spices in a bowl. Whisk them together well so they're properly mixed, then you can either transfer it to a container for later use or get cooking straight away.

How Long Should the Rub be on the Brisket?

It's entirely up to you. You can coat your brisket with the rub and immediately cook it, or for a more intense flavor, leave it for a few hours up to overnight to let the seasonings impart their flavor to the meat.

Tips for the Best Brisket Rub

– You don't need to reserve your brisket rub solely for brisket. It'll also taste amazing on chicken, fish, pork, and lamb.

– This recipe is easy to batch. Double it or triple it so you have this great-tasting dry rub in your cupboard ready to use whenever you fancy.

– Store your dry rub in an airtight container for maximum freshness. Don't forget to label it with the date you made it.

– To make this dry brisket rub keto-friendly, simply omit the brown sugar.

– Use freshly ground pepper for more flavor.

How to Cook Brisket 

There are a few ways you can cook brisket. Use your slow cooker, smoke it, or bake it in the oven. Each of these three methods cooks the meat slowly at a low temperature, which helps make the meat incredibly tender. Coat the meat in the dry rub and let it marinate for a few hours before cooking. If you're smoking your brisket, place it in the smoker and cook for 4 to 5 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 170°F. Take it out, wrap it in foil, then continue to smoke it for another 9 to 10 hours, or until it reaches 200°F. Let it rest for 15 minutes before serving. In a slow cooker, cook your brisket on low for 8 hours. To bake a brisket, wrap it in foil and roast it at 300°F for 4 hours.

Brisket Dry Rub Variations

There are loads of different ways you can customize your brisket dry rub. Add chili flakes for a spicy dry rub. For a Mexican-inspired rub, mix in some chili powder and cumin powder. Mix in some dried rosemary, thyme, and oregano a more Italian flavor. You can also experiment with different spices and dried herbs and make some unique dry rubs of your own!

Can I Store Smoked Brisket Rub?

Of course! Keep your smoked brisket rub in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 4 months.

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Whisk all of the ingredients in a small bowl to combine.

Place in an airtight container to store.

When ready to use, generously sprinkle the rub over the brisket. Rub it into the brisket, making sure to cover all of the meat. Let the seasonings infuse their flavor into the meat, then cook according to your preferred method.


If you don't have smoked paprika, you can use liquid smoke instead, however, when possible always opt to use smoked paprika because it adds so much flavor.