Apple Pie Rub

Posted by Jason Hardin on June 29, 2013

My wife and her mother really like sweet barbecue. I came up with the following rub I have called the Apple Pie Rub to meet their taste buds. I have used it on beef, pork and tofu with success. I wouldn’t suggest it for chicken or fish however. I call this the apple pie rub because it reminds me of an apple pie with the cinnamon, sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. I usually let the rub site for 12 hours in the fridge. The recipe is as follows:


  • 1 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper

We have paired this rub with a couple of off the shelf barbecue sauces and plain. It seems to pair well with the sweeter sauces. We have used the rub for grilling and smoking. I smoked this rub with hickory and apple chips. Both we very successful. My next experiment with this rub is to add a barbecue sauce moping during the smoking process. Below are some smoked ribs with the apple pie rub and my wife’s happy face.