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Beef Dry Rub Guide 

Beef Dry Rub is a mixture of herbs and spices that can be used as an all purpose beef dry rub, giving delicious flavour to different cuts of beef. Usually these rubs come in two ways. It can be a dry rub that consists of a blend of herbs and spices. Or it can be wet blend which is a blend of spices applied with something like lemon juice or olive oil.

A beef dry rub blend will often, but not always, contain this mixture of herbs and spices -  chilli powder, ground paprika, ground cumin, dried oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt and brown sugar to finish it off. The sugar gives a sweet flavour and also adds to the glaze of the meat when finished.

You can buy many different beef rubs online. These come in many different brands and blends, so a bit of trial and error is required until you find the ones you love.

You can also mix your own beef rub at home. You may surprise yourself and find you already have these herbs and spices at home in the spice rack. Don't worry if you don't have any or haven't got them all as they are all available online.

Beef Dry Rub Cooking Tips

Now to the fun part. Applying the spice rub seasoning is very simple. You take your piece of beef and apply the seasoning all over it, giving it a good rub in. Once the meat is totally covered you will need to cover it with cling film or place into a zip lock bag. Then place it in the refrigerator for 2 hours. If time is a problem then leave it to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes instead. The longer you can leave it the better, giving a chance for the flavours to soak in.

I like to use this dry rub seasoning with a nice cut of brisket. It cooks really well and is tender and tasty when served. You can add anything to this from fresh vegetables to some lovely pasta. The choice is yours.

Dry Rubbed Seasoned Brisket Beef


Serves 4 people


2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

1 tablespoon ground sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

50 grams soft brown sugar

2-3 pounds of brisket


Using a medium bowl add all the seasonings and blend together using a whisk. Then take the beef and apply the blend all over the meat, giving it a good rub in, and making sure it is completely covered.

Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Pre heat the oven to 325°F or 160°C

After 2 hours remove the meat from the fridge and leave, as we want it to be room temperature before cooking. 

Once ready for cooking, place into a roasting tray and cover with foil, then place onto the middle shelf of the oven.

Cooking time for this is one hour per pound of meat, but before the last hour of cooking it is worth checking it to be sure it is well cooked.

Once cooked leave to rest for 10 minutes before carving.