North Carolina BBQ Rub

North Carolina BBQ Rub
North Carolina BBQ Rub
North Carolina BBQ Rub North Carolina BBQ Rub
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Net Weight:
3.5 oz
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Our North Carolina BBQ Rub is deep and sweet, toasted and warm, with just a touch of enigmatic spice. Paprika and brown sugar share center stage here, a solid base for the playful interactions between subtly smoky, earthy cumin; the deep, fruity raisin of Ancho chile; the sharp, woodsy knock from cloves; pine-driven, slightly floral black pepper; and just enough friendly heat from cayenne pepper to keep you wanting more. We blend our North Carolina BBQ Rub in small batches in our facility to keep an eye on quality and provide the freshest and most flavorful products to our customers.

Fans of North Carolina BBQ have two distinct styles of barbecue to choose from. Eastern Carolina barbecue centers around smoking a whole hog, cooking “everything but the squeal”. The meat is mopped with a thin, vinegar-based sauce mixed with salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Western Carolina, also known as “Lexington” or “Piedmont”-style, barbecue favors pork shoulder. Western Carolina barbecue sauce shares a vinegar base with its Eastern brethren, but it’s enhanced with tomato ketchup and brown sugar, so it’s thicker and richer. North Carolina BBQ statewide is cooked very slowly and is most frequently served on a sandwich bun with a side of cole slaw, and you can't have authentic North Carolina BBQ without a big glass of sweet tea.


Tips From Our Kitchen


Spread our North Carolina BBQ Rub over pork, of course! And roast slowly in a beer braise for a few hours for succulent pork. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of rub per pound of meat. You can make a great sauce by combining 1 cup of tomato sauce, ½ cup of water, ½ cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of BBQ Rub. Mix thoroughly and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes.This is also delicious rubbed on chicken breasts and grilled, or mixed with butter and slipped under the skin of a Thanksgiving turkey. Use it to season baked chicken wings. Toss over grilled corn. Rub onto thick slices of cauliflower and roast or grill. One of our customers even uses it to season oyster crackers; toss with olive oil and North Carolina BBQ Rub, toss, and roast at 250° F for 15 minutes.

Blended from sugar, paprika, salt, ancho powder, guajillo powder, black pepper, garlic, onion, cumin, cayenne, and ground cloves


Hungry for more information?

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.0g1%

Dietary Fiber0.3g1%

Total Sugars1.4g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more

4.7 out of 5
13 total ratings.

Elton P. (Verified buyer) 06/25/2021
Great rub loveit Great rub loveit

jackie c. (Verified buyer) 02/13/2021
Our favorite go to We love this rub so much we use it essentially every time we make chicken

Frances C. (Verified buyer) 07/04/2020
Finally Found It! Grew up in Eastern NC so BBQ is a staple in our house. So glad we have found SpicesInc!! Love their selection of spices. This NC Rub has the best combo of flavors for some great BBQ, be it chicken or pork!!

Timothy H. (Verified buyer) 05/19/2020
Great I have tried almost every rub sold by Spices Inc and they are all great.

judy c. (Verified buyer) 01/20/2020
Love it! Great flavor. A little sweet but not too much.

Wayne R. (Verified buyer) 02/27/2019
North Carolina Rub This is an exceptional mix and a versatile rub. I use this rub on chicken, pork, and with vegetables. And, for a little extra fun, I put some miniature oyster crackers on a half sheet pan, sprinkle with olive oil, the a liberal coating of Northwest Rub. Mix/stir and toast in the oven at 250 for 15 minutes. Enjoy

Robert S. (Verified buyer) 11/08/2018
AWESOME! The North Carolina BBQ rub is super delicious, and I am using it on lots of food. We will be ordering more in the future, that's for sure. Great Company. Thanks, Robert L. Sharp

Shannon w. (Verified buyer) 03/14/2018
Perfect Perfect

Dwane (Verified buyer) 10/12/2016
North Carolina BBQ Rub I used it on chicken leg quarters just to try it out. I think it would have been better on pork. Good flavor though.

Caroline (Verified buyer) 06/21/2014
North Carolina BBQ Rub And the sauce recipe provided with it - wondered if it would have that N. Carolina flavor. Went with baby back ribs to try it out - really good flavors.
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