Sweet and Spicy Dalmatian Rub for Meat

A Dalmatian Rub is a mixture of salt and pepper, usually a 50/50 ratio. There are many variations in the type of salt and pepper used to create your sweet and spicy chicken rub. The rub can be a mix of  exotic spices  or as simple as salt and pepper.   Choose your favorite salt and pepper and add in those extras for flavor really pops! 

This rub is great with a chicken cayenne, added into honey garlic chicken or add as seasoning on a small pot roast for one.

dalmatian rub

For a simple and classic Dalmation rub   use equal parts salt and black pepper, then add one or two extra spices. The spices you select will depend on how hot you want your rub.  For that added kick a 2:1 ration of chili powder and cumin.  Combine the ingredients in a small jar  and mix together.


  • brown sugar – add a hint of sweetness to the dry rub
  • paprika- a smoked paprika is very tasty
  • black pepper & salt
  • dry mustard
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder

How long before cooking do you apply dry rub?

Rubs add flavor to the surface of the meat, it’s perfectly fine to start grilling within a few minutes or right after you apply the dry rub.

How long will the dry rub last after mixed together?

Your dry rub should keep for 2-3 months in an airtight container.

How to use dry rubs?

Rubs are used before grilling to add flavor. This spicy rub is great on grilled chicken, chicken thighs, chicken wings, roasted chicken or used with your favorite BBQ rub.

  1. Simply rub and press the spice mixture onto the meat.
  2. Another way is to add just enough oil to the dry rub mix to form a paste and then spread the paste onto the meat.. You won’t have the crusty coating like you get with a dry rub, but it will be moist and flavorful.
dalmatia rub in jar

Dalmatian Rub for Chicken

A sweet and spicy dalmation rub perfect for grilling chicken or pork.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 tablespoons
Calories: 60kcal
Author:Sydney Dawes


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  • [mv_schema_meta name="Combine"]Mix all the ingredients together in a jar and stir until well combined.
  • [mv_schema_meta name="Store"]Store in a sealed jar.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1101mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g
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