Basic BBQ Rub For Smoking Meat

When I first got my Masterbuilt electric smoker, I set out to find a good basic BBQ rub for smoking meat that would work on anything I wanted to smoke. That barbecue rub also had to be one that suited the tastes of everyone in my family.

So, I did what I do many times… borrowed from several different rub recipes to create one that my family would love. The result is this basic BBQ rub. It’s sweet and smokey… and definitely not too spicey or overpowering.

St. Louis Style ribs with Basic BBQ rub for smoking meat.
St. Louis style ribs smoked using this Basic BBQ Rub and smoked using the Team 275 method.

I smoked the St. Louis style ribs, pictured above, using this Basic BBQ Rub and the Team 275 method. First, they were slathered in yellow mustard, coated in rub, and then smoked at 275 degrees for 4 hours. At that point, a toothpick insert easily into the meat.

A note on using yellow mustard…

Take note, using yellow mustard as a binder to get the rub to stick will not cause your meat to taste like mustard. I’m the only one in my family that likes mustard… but everyone in my family has loved this rub on everything I’ve used it on. In fact, they were surprised when I told them that I had used the yellow mustard. If you would prefer a different binder you could also use olive oil.

I’ve used this basic BBQ rub on pork butts, St. Louis style ribs, sprinkled on grilled burgers, and even on grilled cauliflower and deviled eggs. And you know what? I have found that it tastes great and enhances the flavor on everything I’ve tried it on! I’m even planning to use it the next time I make ham balls.

In conclusion, if you want a good BBQ rub for smoking meat… this is it!

Basic BBQ Rub

This Basic BBQ Rub tastes great on just about everyhing. It's great "as is" but you can certainly adjust it to flavors you like.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 c Packed Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Oregano
  • 2 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 2 tsp Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 tsp Old Bay


  • Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix until well blended.


I’ve used this rub on pork butts, chicken, ribs, and even sprinkled it on burgers and veggies. It’s sweet, smokey, and not too overpowering.
Keyword Barbecue, Barbeque,, BBQ, Rub, Seasoning