Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub

Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub features a mix of brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper for a flavorful spice rub.

This Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub quickly adds a ton of flavor to pork when you don’t have the time to let meat soak in a liquid marinade –  something that often happens to me because I’ll get busy doing other things and then forget that I didn’t thaw the meat…much less marinade it.

So, I have started to rely on quick fixes like rubs to add a boost of flavor to meat before I throw it on the grill or in the slow cooker.

Recently I used this Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub on a pork shoulder and threw it in the slow cooker and then shredded it up for nachos. The meat was super flavorful and took all of 5 minutes active time for me to prepare.

 

Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub

Homemade spice mixes, like this Southwestern Pork Rub, are simple to prepare and customize according to your personal preferences.

I love how you have total control over what goes into the mix. If you don’t like a particular flavor, you can leave it out. If you want something more garlicky you can add more garlic. Or if you’re watching your sodium intake, you can monitor that.

They’re great homemade pantry staples and serve as a homemade gift for the BBQ lover in your life.

More Homemade Seasoning Mixes

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I think this Cajun Spice Mix would be really good on chicken!

Zesty Italian Seasoning Mix would go great on a variety of meats, but I’m also thinking it would make some really delicious herbed dipping oil!

I like the idea of this Homemade Ranch Seasoning. I would sprinkle it all over my Homemade Microwave Popcorn!

What Homemade Spice Mixes do you like to make?

Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub features a mix of brown sugar, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, cumin, pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper for a flavorful spice rub.

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Black Pepper
  • 4 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican Oregano

Directions:

To make the Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub, measure all of the ingredients out into a medium sized bowl. Using a wire whisk, mix until well combined.

Alternatively, you may sift the spices together with a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter.

After combining, transfer the mixture into a clean, dry container that has a lid (such as a glass jar). Store the Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub covered in a cool, dry place.

Notes:

You can use this on any meat that you personally like, however I prepared it to pair with pork.