How to Make your own Homemade BBQ Rub and BBQ Sauce

Spice mixes and store bought sauces can be overrun with chemicals. I like to make my own mixes and sauces as much as possible to avoid many of these preservatives and additives that I don’t want in my body or the body of my family and children. BBQ rub and sauce is easy to make and tasty too. It’s less expensive as well.

Homemade spice mixes make great ingredients and great gifts as well.

bbq rub in a jar

I have multiple chemical sensitivity, so many preservatives, especially MSG and sulphites cause me to have an uncomfortable reaction. I like to avoid them as much as possible. Even if you don’t have sensitivities or allergies to things, they are just plain not good for you to consume!

BBQ rub

When cooking at home, I make chemical free mixes such as this BBQ rub that my sister gave me the recipe for. When you make your own spice mixes, you can also tailor them to your needs and desires, such as gluten free, Paleo, or other eating plans you may be on. Click here to see how to make homemade taco seasoning mix and here to see how to make homemade ranch dip mix.

This recipe is delicious as well and it couldn’t be easier.
Check out the BBQ spice rub here:


BBQ spice rub
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  1. 1/4 C. raw sugar
  2. 1/4 C. paprika
  3. 2 T. black pepper
  4. 3 T. sea salt
  5. 2 tsp. garlic powder
  6. 2 tsp. smoke flavoring
  7. 2 tsp. onion powder
  8. 2 tsp. celery seed
  9. 1/4 tsp. dried cayenne
  1. Mix ingredients.
  2. Rub meat generously with spices, using 1 T. per pound of meat
Adapted from recipe by Lisa Haddock
Adapted from recipe by Lisa Haddock
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You can also turn this rub into homemade BBQ sauce. When I’m cooking meat with BBQ flavors in my crock pot or oven, I can just make the sauce right while the meat is cooking. If not, you can use the rub to make your own BBQ sauce in a pan by adding a few simple ingredients and boiling it down until it’s the thickness you prefer.

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Check out the BBQ sauce here:

BBQ Sauce
Homemade BBQ sauce
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  1. 1 T. BBQ rub mix
  2. 1 C. tomato sauce
  3. 1/2 C. honey
  4. 3 T. molasses
  5. 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  1. All ingredients can be dumped into slow cooker with 1 pound of meat and cooked on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. or
  3. Sauce can be made in a saucepan and cooked until thickness desired.
Adapted from recipe from Lisa Haddock
Adapted from recipe from Lisa Haddock
Little Sprouts Learning
For the recipe for homemade hamburger buns for your pulled pork sandwiches, click here. Knowing what you are feeding yourself and your family is a great feeling. Making your own flavorings is a great way to eliminate a lot of unwanted ingredients. It’s hard to find store bought flavorings without them.

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  1. Paula Parker says:

    How long do you cook the pork in a crock pot? I’ve been trying to find a good rub and this one sounds perfect. So does the BBQ sauce.

  2. Shelah says:

    My husband likes to make barbequed ribs. This recipe looks like a great recipe for him to use next time!

  3. I’ve been noticing my own sensitivities to certain foods as well. I think it’s a great idea to make your own. I’ll be pinning this and using your other homemade spice mixes as well. Thanks for sharing!

  4. A couple of wonderful recipes that you have there. I have recently gotten into using rubs on ribs. I like to use brown sugar as my base. Gives the ribs a sweeter flavor (in my opinion). Let the ribs bake on 250 for a couple of hours, then brush them with some BBQ sauce and finish on the grill for about a couple of minutes on each side.

    Great stuff! I will definitely give both of your recipes a try.

  5. Alana says:

    I steer clear of BBQ sauce largely because of the reason you said. I had no idea it was that easy to make. I make my own rubs often and will definitely use this recipe!

  6. Julie says:

    I love this, Christina! Thanks for sharing. We also need to make our own sauces and mixes so that we can keep them gluten free, plus we can lessen the sugar and other high-carb ingredients to make them more blood-sugar friendly. These look fantastic! Love the gift idea, too!

  7. This looks so good! Will definitely have to try it out.

  8. My Man always makes our BBQ Sauce from scratch, but we will definitely have to try out this rub! I hate all of the premixed spices always hidden garbage inside.

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