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Barbecue Chicken Rub

It will be hard to resist the savoury aroma that hits your nose when you use this spice rub. As it cooks, the brown sugar caramelizes on the chicken to create a crackly skin, and the spices toast to create an irresistible flavour.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 5 min


¼ cup brown sugar, packed
2 tbsp chili powder
2 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin, ground
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp mustard powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Mix all ingredients.

  2. Store in an airtight container until needed.

  3. Coat chicken generously with rub and roast or grill.

Helpful Tip

This recipe is for a whole chicken, lower the measurements for chicken pieces. For example, for four chicken legs, use half the recipe. Also, remember to throw away any rub that has come into contact with raw chicken.

Nutrition Info

Per 110 g serving Amount
Protein7 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Carbohydrate79 g
Fibre13 g
Sugar58 g
Sodium4870 mg
Per 110 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A280
Vitamin C40
Vitamin B679