Need an amazing homemade rub recipe for beef? This beef rub recipe for smoking is a simple spice rub, perfect for beef.

We are purists when it comes to smoking meat. We use an old-fashioned chimney smoker, and only use charcoal and wood!

Smoked Beef Spice Rub (Dry Rub for Beef)

We typically opt for simple dry rub recipes and no wet brine, but that’s our personal taste.

This seasoning rub was born from my super popular Smoked Chicken Rub. I love this chicken rub because it’s heavy on paprika and herbs!

Smoked Beef Spice Rub (Dry Rub for Beef)

I modified my original rub recipe to fit the robust flavor of beef, adding more salt and pepper to the mix, and a few extra spices to add complexity. This rub truly has an AMAZING flavor and so much depth to it! It’s much like a traditional beef rub, with an herbaceous kick to it.

a photo of the ingredients for a beef dry rub recipe

I developed this rub recipe as a beef brisket rub, but there is no one best way to use it. It’s super versatile and plays well with the natural flavors of beef. Here are some ideas for using this rub:

What can I use this dry rub recipe on?

  • Beef Ribs
  • Tri Tip Roast
  • Beef Short Ribs
  • Smoked brisket
  • Any other cut of beef you’d like to smoke!

Substitutions and Modifications:

  • Substitute white sugar for brown sugar. Remember, this small amount of sugar is not used to give the rub a sweet flavor, just to help bring out the great flavor of the spice blend.
  • For a spicy rub, add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Smoked Beef Spice Rub (Dry Rub for Beef)

You will need the following ingredients:

  • black pepper
  • paprika
  • coarse salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • brown sugar
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • chili powder
  • nutmeg
  • pepper flakes (optional, this gives it a decent kick of heat!)
Smoked Beef Spice Rub (Dry Rub for Beef)

Smoked Beef Rub (Dry Rub)

Yield: Enough rub for 3-4 pounds of meat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This beef spice rub is a multi-purpose rub, great for steaks or roasts!


  • 1.5 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1.5 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pinch thyme


  1. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
  2. Bring your meat out of the refrigerator and let it rest on the counter, allowing the meat to come closer to room temperature.
  3. Pat your cut of meat dry with paper towels and place it on a baking sheet.
  4. Apply a generous amount of rub to the meat and give it a good rub down, working the spices into the meat with your fingers. You can also apply olive oil to the meat before applying the rub, making it more of a wet rub.
  5. Allow the rub to rest on the meat at least 30 minutes before smoking. You can also put this rub on the day before and leave it on the meat overnight in the refrigerator for extra flavor!


Tip: If you have a gas grill, I love to sear the meat on high for 1-2 minutes after smoking to get a good hard crust. Allow for an extra 10 degrees increase in internal meat temperature for this process.

Store leftover rub that has not been contaminated by meat in an airtight container for up to 6 months. I like to double this batch, so I have more rub on hand for a later date!

Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 31Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1062mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 1g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.

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