Apple Pie Rub



My wife and her mother like sweet barbecues. 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 cinnamon, sugar, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. I usually let the rubbing sit 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 allspice
  • 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 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 barbecue sauce moping during the smoking process. Below are some smoked ribs with the apple pie rub and my wife’s happy face.

Apple pie rub on ribs