Tasty Barbecue Brisket Rub Recipe

If you enjoy the flavors of the Southwest, this barbecue brisket rub will become one of your favorites. Including cumin, oregano and cayenne, this dry rub adds a lot of great flavors to your beef brisket.

The cayenne pepper powder is optional, so for a mild version leave it out of the mix. If you prefer a more noticeable heat, double the amount.

Adding Pepper To Barbeque Brisket Rub


  • Two tablespoons kosher salt
  • One tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • Two teaspoons brown sugar
  • Two teaspoons sweet paprika
  • One teaspoon mild chili powder
  • One teaspoon onion powder
  • One teaspoon dried oregano
  • One teaspoon ground cumin
  • One half teaspoon garlic powder
  • One quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients, seasoning the brisket 12 to 24 hours before cooking on the grill or in the smoker. To help the rub adhere, I sometimes coat the meat with a little olive oil or vegetable oil before shaking it on.

Adding salt to a black-rimmed white bowl, filled with brisket rub ingredients.

This dry rub mix will keep for several weeks in an airtight container. It's also great when used to season other cuts of beef, like back ribs and beef chuck roast.