When I was a kid, anytime a fair or art festival came to town there was always this ONE booth that called out to me… the sand art booth! First I would BEG & plead with my mom until she finally caved and said I could go make one! Then I would ever so carefully select which tacky plastic animal shaped bottle I was going to turn into my “masterpiece” (as long as it was from the price range/table that mom let me choose from 😉 )… then it was time for the pretty colored sand (my FAVORITE part)! Oh, the major life decisions of an 8 year old… le sigh.  

Ya’ll… THIS is my grown up version of “sand art”!

Okay, okay so it’s not actually sand art… but it sure did remind me of it! hah This, my friends, is SO much better than sand art… it’s SPICE art.

Errrr… Okay, it’s actually the makings of the best daggum BBQ Spice Rub you’ll ever taste! For. Real.

This rub contains all of my favorite spices blended together into one glorious bowl of love! I seriously whip this up in double/triple batches and keep in on hand at all times.

It’s my go-to for BBQ pulled pork, ribs (pork or beef), Chicken and/or chicken wings. Try it out. You’ll fall in love. If you’re not into spicy (First off – SHAME ON YOU), you could always leave out the Cayenne (GASP. And break my heart… 😉 ). 

If ya’ll are REALLY nice I might even share my secret BBQ sauce that had people drooling at the rib off we competed in yesterday! Be on the look out.

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Kickin' BBQ Spice Rub

Yield: About 2 cups

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Total Time: 5-10 minutes

The best daggum kickin' BBQ spice rub...


1/2 cup Paprika
1/4 cup Cumin
1/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Chili Powder
1/4 cup Salt
1/4 cup Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Cayenne (less if you don't like spicy)


Whisk together until combined well and store in an airtight container. Keeps for a LOOONG time.

Adapted from: The Joy of Cooking