Best Smoked Chicken Rub

Written by Mike Futia | Updated October 24, 2023

Today I'm sharing how to make the best smoked chicken rub, right at home. Why spend $12 on pre-made rub, when you can make your own, at a fraction of the cost, and with fresh ingredients? This recipe is super-easy and is best served with all kinds of chicken, from smoked wings to smoked chicken thighs.

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Smoked Chicken Rub Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sugar. I'm a big fan of sweet chicken rubs, and the sugar adds a nice touch of sweetness.
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika. Made from ground sweet peppers, the paprika gives this rub a sweet, mild and slightly fruity flavor. 
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder. This adds a nice, strong garlic flavor to the chicken.
  • 1 tbsp celery powder. For a subtle earthy and salty taste.
  • 1 tbsp salt. Every rub needs salt.

Smoked Chicken Rub Recipe Instructions

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1. Combine seasonings. Combine all five ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed together.

2. Rub on the chicken. Apply liberally all over your chicken. 


  • If you like your chicken a little spicier, don't be afraid to add a little cayenne pepper, or dehydrated jalapeƱo powder.  
  • If you want it even sweeter, add a touch or brown sugar, or dehydrated honey.
wing rub

Amazing Smoked Chicken Rub

The BEST smoked chicken rub from scratch. With just five ingredients, it comes together in a snap, and goes great on smoked wings!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 4 ounces
Calories 46 kcal


  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp celery powder


  • Combine all five ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed together
  • Apply liberally all over your chicken wings!


Calories: 46kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 1749mgPotassium: 128mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 1724IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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