Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub

Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub is perfect to have on hand in your pantry. It 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.

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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. 

And that is 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 marinate 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. 

I have used this Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub on a pork shoulder, put 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.

Related: Go check out that recipe for Slow Cooker Southwestern Pulled Pork.

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

Most recently I used it as a pork rub on a big pork shoulder that I smoked on our Traeger for pulled pork sandwiches. It was so good! It gave the meat a lot of flavor and provided a nice crust on that smoked meat.

Related: Go check out that recipe for The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder

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.

Homemade spice blends, like this pork rub, are great homemade pantry staples and serve as a homemade gift for the BBQ lover in your life.

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Southwestern Pork Rub Ingredients 

To make this homemade pork rub recipe, you need several different spices – most of which you might have on hand at home already: 

  • Salt
  • Brown Sugar
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Chili Powder
  • Mexican Oregano
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How to Make Pork Rub at Home

This dry rub for pork is easy to prepare and you can customize it according to your personal preferences.

To make this homemade pork rub:

  1. First gather all the ingredients. 
  2. Measure them out into a mixing bowl.
  3. Then stir to combine. 
  4. Transfer to a storage container, and that’s it! 

BONUS: Use it to make this recipe for The Best Smoked Pork Shoulder next time you want to make Pulled Pork!

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I love that this Southwestern Pork Rub stores well in a jar so that you can make a large batch ahead of time and use it throughout the year.

My favorite jars for this Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub are these cute Weck Jars!

Tips for the Best Pork Rub

  • Make sure to label the jar you store your homemade pork rub in so that you don’t forget what it is. This is my favorite label maker – I use it on all my jars in my spice cabinet now.
  • Smell the individual spices before adding them to the dry rub for pork. If it’s difficult to smell the spices, they’re likely old and need to be replaced. (Check out my Spice Cabinet Inventory Checklist)
  • This pork rub can be used as a pork shoulder rub, pork rib rub, and more!

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Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub

Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub

Yield: about 14 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total 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

Instructions

  1. To make the Homemade Southwestern Pork Rub, measure all of the ingredients out into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Using a wire whisk, mix until well combined.
  3. Alternatively, you may sift the spices together with a fine mesh strainer or flour sifter.
  4. After combining, transfer the mixture into a clean, dry container that has a lid (such as a glass jar).
  5. 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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 16 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 501mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 0g
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