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Smoked Chicken Rub (You Will Never Want To Marinade Again)

This recipe is all about having fun. These ingredients work as a fantastic base to build on. Please feel free to take away/add-in or adjust the amounts of these ingredients.

When making a rub, you don't want it to be too overpowering. You want it to help enhance the meats naturally great flavour. 

This basic rub recipe has been made to help enhance a spicy & robust flavour when cooking chicken in the smoker, low & slow.

Its a basic recipe using very common household ingredients that should be found in everyone's kitchen. As mentioned above, don't stress if you don't have all of these ingredients, try using a similar ingredient or adjust the levels of the rest of the ingredients.

Smoked Chicken Rub
Spices ready to make chicken rub

Smoked Chicken Rub

Having your own rub recipe is one of the most important parts about BBQ. Please feel free to use this rub recipe as a base to create your own secret recipe! 

Course condiment
Cuisine Barbecue
Keyword Barbeque
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5
Author Charlie


  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ¼ - ½ cup of olive oil optional
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper


  1. Gather all of your ingredients.

  2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

  3. Give a good stir to combine all the ingredients.

  4. If you want to turn your dry rub into a paste so it sticks to the chicken (great for sings), add in olive oil and mix well until a paste consistency is formed.

  5. Rub all over your chicken to coat well.

  6. Set up your smoker as per your manufacturer's guidelines and smoke chicken until cooked. 

​Charlies ​Tasty Tip!

​You might think that chicken rub can solely be used for chicken. Until two years ago I thought the same thing! I was smoking some pork when I realized I was out of my usual rub. So threw on my chicken rub. 

I was a little nervous, but the wife and kids absolutly loved it! So if you are smoking a boneless pork loin throw on some of this bad boy. You will be thanking me later!

Final Thoughts

This smoked chicken  rub is great. Its something that I have used for years and something that I love getting the kids to throw in their own flare with. Its amazing what you can add in and take away to create very, very different flavours.

Let me know if you have any similar rubs you love for smoked chicken, or if you have had a lay around with this recipe! 

Happy Smoking


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