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By: Becky Hardin

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This pork dry rub is a simple mix of herbs and spices that creates the perfect flavor for any of your pork recipes. When I developed this recipe with my Mom in 2015, we never knew how much we would use it over the years. This Pork Chop Seasoning can be used for pork chops, pork ribs, pork tenderloin, pork roast, pork shoulder, and more. It’s deliciously savory and unique, with hints of spice and sweetness to balance things out. I always keep some in my spice cabinet for quick cooking!

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What’s in this Pork Chop Seasoning?

All you need for this pork rub recipe is a handful of herbs and spices, most of which you’ll probably already have in your spice cabinet. A real pantry staples kind of recipe! I have come to just love homemade spices. They’re cost effective and honestly just so much better.

  • Brown Sugar: This adds a rich sweetness into an otherwise savory mix. Be sure to pack it when measuring.
  • Chili Powder: This adds a bit of heat. Increase the amount just a bit if you want a spicier rub.
  • Smoked Paprika: Smoked paprika is slightly more intense than regular (sweet) paprika, but you can substitute if needed.
  • Cumin: This adds an earthy flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: This adds just a hint of garlic flavor, and won’t overwhelm the mix.
  • Onion Powder: This adds that savory pungency of onions.
  • Dried Thyme: This herb adds a light and savory flavor.
  • Dried Oregano: This has an earthiness that helps balance out the spices.
  • Ground Mustard: This adds in a bit of tanginess.
  • Salt & Pepper

Tip: For more information on each ingredient, check my guide to herbs and guide to spices. It will help you make decisions about substitutions if you need to.

How do you apply a dry rub to meat?

Use your hands to firmly rub the seasoning directly onto the surface of the pork, and be sure to get all sides of each piece of meat. For example, if you’re making pork chops, you want to liberally cover both sides of each chop.

Let the meat sit for a while so the seasoning can sink in. In some cases, 15 minutes is enough, but I recommend letting it sit for 2 hours or even overnight (in the refrigerator) to really let it absorb.

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How to Store a Dry Rub

You can mix this pork seasoning blend as you need it, then store extra. Or you can make it ahead of time so it’s ready to grab and use any time you cook pork.

Store it in a resealable bag or airtight container (like a spice jar), and keep it in your pantry or spice cabinet. Use it within 3 months for best potency.

When to Use this Pork Seasoning

This delicious mix of herbs and spices is perfect for any kind of pork. Of course it’s great for chops, so use when making Air Fryer pork chops, breaded pork chops, or grilled pork chops.

I also use this dry rub to make pork tenderloin, pork belly, pork ribs, pork shoulder, pork loin, pork roast, and more.

It tastes amazing with chicken as well, so try it next time you grill chicken breasts.

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Pork Chop Seasoning (Dry Rub for Pork, Chicken, Ribs, and more)

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Author: Becky Hardin

Prep: 5 minutes minutes

Total: 5 minutes minutes

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This simple mix of herbs and spices creates the best blend of sweet, spicy, and savory to go with any pork recipe.

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  • ½ cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

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  • Whisk all ingredients together and keep in an airtight container. When ready to use, sprinkle the meat with a liberal amount of the seasoning and rub it in. Be sure to cover the entire surface. Allow the meat to rest at least 2 hours in the fridge (or overnight). Cook the meat as desired.

    ½ cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 2 tablespoons smoked paprika, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 2 teaspoons ground mustard, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • Enjoy!

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Becky’s tips

Storage: Store in a resealable bag, spice jar, or another airtight container. Keep in the pantry or spice cabinet up to 3 months for best quality.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 89kcal (4%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Sodium: 827mg (36%) Potassium: 147mg (4%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 18g (20%) Vitamin A: 1950IU (39%) Calcium: 36mg (4%) Iron: 1.6mg (9%)

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How do you make a dry rub?

It’s so easy to make a homemade dry rub. All you have to do is measure out each spice, whisk them together to make sure everything is evenly distributed, and then use it or store it.

What does this pork rub taste like?

This seasoning mix was created to bring out and complement the flavor of pork. So it’s a little bit sweet, but mostly savory.

What seasonings go well with pork?

The sweetness of brown sugar is a great balance to the natural savoriness of pork. Cumin, thyme, oregano, and mustard all mix beautifully with pork as well. And chili powder and paprika both add spice without overpowering.

How long will this spice mix keep?

As long as you store it properly in a sealed container, it will keep as along as any spice in your cabinet. It will be best made with fresh spices, stored up to 3 months. After that, it will lose potency (though it’s still fine to consume).

Can I make more?

To make a larger batch, just increase each spice while keeping to the same ratios. Double the amount of each ingredient, and you’ll have plenty to store for later.

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What spice brings out the flavor of pork? ›

When it comes to pork, the rich umami flavour of garlic works very well. You can use fresh garlic, garlic flakes or garlic powder, depending on the recipe. A no-nonsense seasoning requires a no-nonsense recipe, so, if you're fancying garlic and pork, try our Mexican Pork With Garlic And Kidney Beans.

How to infuse flavor into pork chops? ›

Mix seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and liquid smoke together in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. Rinse pork chops. Sprinkle wet chops on both sides with spice mixture. Massage spices into meat, then let stand for 10 minutes.

Do you season pork chops before or after? ›

On their own, pork chops are a lean, bland cut of meat. Seasoning with salt before cooking is an essential step in bringing out the meat's natural flavors. Season generously, and remember that even a very short brine (just 30 minutes) will improve the taste and texture of the meat.

What is the secret to juicy pork chops? ›

Fat is key to keeping pork chops moist

Basting them with fat, such as butter. Add in aromatics while basting for more flavor — similar to how you might cook a steak — and then you have the added bonus of browned butter and crispy garlic and/or herbs to serve with the meat.

How do you get seasoning to stick to pork chops? ›

Brush pork chops with vinegar and then brush with a thin coat of olive oil. Lightly sprinkle the pork chops with each of the seasonings. Flip and repeat on the other side. Place in the frying pan until browned on one side (usually about 7-12 minutes).

Do you oil pork before seasoning? ›

Seasoning pork

You can use a mix of regular table salt (which will penetrate the skin) and salt flakes (for a crisp crust). You can use oil to help the salt stick to the meat but if you really rub the salt in, you don't need the extra fat.

What spices tenderize pork? ›

Brine the pork.

Brining involves soaking your meat in salt water to increase the tenderness and moistness of the final dish. Brines always contain salt and water, but can also include other ingredients for added flavor like apple cider, brown sugar, rosemary, and thyme.

What makes pork taste better? ›

Marinades aren't just great for imparting flavor — they also help lock in moisture and tenderize your meat. For pork, you can marinate for up to 12 hours prior to cooking. Just be sure to store marinating pork in the refrigerator and do your best to cover all sides of meat with liquid or turn the meat occasionally.

Is it better to bake or pan fry pork chops? ›

While there are a number of ways to cook pork chops for dinner, baking is arguably the easiest path to perfection. The hands-off cooking method cooks pork chops gently and evenly without the need for extra fat, resulting in juicy, healthier pork chops that pair well with practically any side dish.

What herb and spice is best with pork? ›

Traditionally, pork pairs best with these herbs and Spices: Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Caraway Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Fennel, Cloves, Garlic and Parsley.

What flavors go well with pork chops? ›

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Should pork chops be covered when baking? ›

Unless you want to steam the chops, bake pork chops uncovered. This allows moisture to evaporate which enhances the malliard reaction, or browning of the meat. Is it better to bake pork chops at 350 or 400? Unless a meat or vegetable is being covered for a “Low and Slow” approach, I like higher-temp cooking.

Can pork be a little pink? ›

If fresh pork has reached 145°F (62.8 °C) throughout, even though it may still be pink in the center, it should be safe. The pink color can be due to the cooking method or added ingredients.

How long should you season pork chops? ›

"Since a pork chop is a small and tender piece of meat, the salting in advance can be anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours." As for how much salt, it's probably more than you think. "Salt amounts will vary depending on what kind of salt you're using, but for most people, it's more than you're used to," said Nosrat.

What should I put on pork chops before cooking? ›

Garlic rub—Slice a large clove of garlic in half. Rub the chops' surface with the garlic's cut side before seasoning with salt and pepper.

What herb or spice goes well with pork? ›

Traditionally, pork pairs best with these herbs and Spices: Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Caraway Seeds, Mustard Seeds, Fennel, Cloves, Garlic and Parsley.

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