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3 Easy Smoked Chicken Rubs Recipes

Whether you're a backyard BBQ enthusiast or a kitchen connoisseur, a good dry rub can transform your smoked chicken from basic to next level great!

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That's why we've put together three finger-licking, flavor-packed homemade dry rub recipes that elevate your whole chicken, chicken legs, breasts, thighs, and wings to new heights.

These recipes are designed to coat every cut of chicken with the best flavor, ensuring that each bite is as delectable as the last.

So grab your whole bird, your airtight container, and a dash of excitement because it's time to rub your way to the top of the flavor chart!

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3 Chicken Rub Recipes

Here are three flavorful smoked chicken rub recipes to enhance the taste of your smoked chicken:

1. Classic Smoked Chicken Rub:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
  3. Rub the mixture generously over the chicken, covering all surfaces.
  4. Allow the chicken to rest with the rub for at least 30 minutes before smoking.

2. Honey Mustard Smoked Chicken Rub:

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the Dijon mustard, honey, and olive oil.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the honey mustard mixture until well combined.
  4. Apply the rub generously over the chicken, ensuring an even coating.
  5. Allow the chicken to marinate in the rub for at least 30 minutes before smoking.

3. Caribbean Jerk Smoked Chicken Rub:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients to form the jerk rub.
  2. Pat the chicken dry and rub the mixture over the chicken, making sure to cover all surfaces.
  3. Allow the chicken to marinate in the jerk rub for at least 1-2 hours, or preferably overnight for more intense flavor.
  4. Smoke the chicken as desired.

Feel free to adjust the ingredient quantities based on your taste preferences and the amount of chicken you're preparing. Enjoy your deliciously seasoned smoked chicken!

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FAQ

What is the best way to store my chicken rub?

For utmost freshness and flavor, store your dry rub recipe in an airtight container away from heat and light. A mason jar works great. This will keep your chicken seasoning at peak potency for your next smoky adventure.

What internal temperature should my smoked chicken reach?

Whether you're working with chicken thighs or a whole bird, the internal temperature should reach 165°F (75°C) to ensure it's cooked to perfection—juicy on the inside with a high heat-crisped exterior.

Do these rubs work well with all cuts of chicken?

Absolutely! Our rubs are versatile and can be liberally applied to any cut of chicken—whole chicken, chicken breasts, chicken wings, or chicken thighs. Each recipe card offers guidelines to modify the rub for the cut of chicken you're cooking.

How long should I leave the rub on the chicken before cooking?

For the best flavor, we recommend applying the rub to the chicken and letting it marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking. If time allows, let it sit for a couple of hours or even overnight in the fridge.

Can I use these rubs if I'm cooking at high heat?

Yes, our rubs are crafted to withstand high heat, creating a delectable crust on the chicken without burning the spices. Just be sure to monitor your grill or smoker temperature to maintain consistency.

What if I don't have wood chips for smoking?

While wood chips add a wonderful smoky dimension, you can still enjoy a delicious rub on your chicken cooked in a regular oven or on a grill. The chili powder and other spices will still provide a tantalizing taste