Top 5 Grilling Spice Rub Combinations

Carolina Rub
Try mustard for a Georgia-style rub.
Try mustard for a Georgia-style rub.

It's been said that there are more "real" sauce recipes in the Carolinas than in any other region of the same size. The folks there come by it honestly. Along the coast, colonial Scottish settlers left a legacy of thin, salt-and-vinegar based sauces (think fish and chips and it makes sense). Farther inland, waves of 18th century German immigrants brought their own  taste for sweet-and-sour combinations. Many of these settlers were farmers, who rounded out their recipes with that New World crop, the tomato. In the south near Georgia, however, mustard prevailed.

Three distinct traditions, one rub that combines them all. To make a wet rub that's kosher, moisten with vinegar, apple cider or tomato juice.

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder