Carolina Rub: Delicious Carolina BBQ Rub Recipe 2022

The Carolina Rub

The Carolinas are often referred to as the “Birthplace of BBQ”. This is one of my favorite type off BBQ personally because I love mustard!

“The Scottish families who settled primarily in Williamsburg County in present day South Carolina low country are the most famous South Carolina preparers of Vinegar and Pepper barbeque.” SC barbecue states.

Mustard plays a big role in this particular spice. Its history is not very much reported; some give credit, once more, to German outsiders (pork and mustard!) while others guarantee it was the production of the now-scandalous Bessinger family.

Notwithstanding, it was Maurice Bessinger, a passionate racial oppressor, who originally popularized the sauce and was answerable for its prominence in the locale. This mustard sauce was predominantly tossed with pulled pork, and the pulled pork sandwich was born.  By the last part of the 1970s, it had spread from Newberry County (west of Columbia) east to Charleston, and north to Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie.

How do you make a Carolina Style Rub?

Making this spice mix is so easy! Its a simple three step process! All you need to do, is gather your spices and measure them. Then you simply mix them all together!

How Do You use a Carolina Style Rub


If you like smoked vegetables, then this Carolina bbq spice is perfect for you. The best vegetables I’ve used this one is Turnips, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, etc.  This rub also compliments squash, peppers, corn on the cob, cabbage, garlic, onions, mushrooms, and tomatoes.


Turn up your side dishes with a little Carolina rub! Cole slaw, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, hush puppies, creamed corn and so many more opportunities. My personal favorite side to spike this mix into are my homemade baked beans! Oh man those are good!


This Carolina style rub has a really good habit of making some crucial flavor in your vegan proteins. What I like the most about this Carolina bbq rub is the differences in taste in correlation to how you cook it. If you roast ingredients with this spice on it the flavor would be more caramelized than if you sauteed in oil or vegan butter.

Carolina Rub Tricks and Tips

Quality of Ingredients

When using seasonings to boost up the flavor in your recipes, you should always seek the best spices to mix. Spices can be a little expensive, but you are paying for quality and freshness. So, keep that in mind when you a thinking about going with the cheaper alternative.

Also think about specialized spices. Instead of buying chili powder, buy the smokey chipotle powder or the dark chili powder. If a recipe calls for paprika, buy the smoked paprika or the sweet pimenton. These are ways to separate yourself from the rest.


Be sure to carefully consider the sugar you use in a Carolina rub or Carolina style rub. If you are going to change a sugar or substitute it, make sure you convert properly. I have also found that using brown sugar is greatly beneficial in these spice mixes, but if you use brown sugar be sure to blend the entire spice mix in the blender. This will evenly distribute the brown sugar and make it easier to work with.


Think about how you are going to use these spices in your recipes, it may change how you prepare the mixes themselves.  If you are putting the spices on chips or fries, if it best to blend the spices in a blender into a fine powder to they can grab ahold of the potato better.

If the spices have dried herbs in them, then it is best to add them in the beginning stages of your recipes to increase the amount of time the herbs are cooked. Dried herbs release their flavors over time. If you like more spice in your seasoning, then bump up the cayenne or chili powder. This can give you the desired effect you are looking for.


Its best to store your spices in airtight containers to preserve freshness.  It is also best to keep spices in a dark area. A container over the oven may be advantageous, but since spices and flavors decay when presented to warmth, light, and dampness, it is not the best spot to keep them.

The best stockpiling temperature for spices and flavors is one that is genuinely steady and under 70 degrees Fahrenheit. If you store flavors in the cooler or fridge, then return them speedily after use.

A decent stockpiling framework keeps spices and flavors dry and in obscurity too. Golden glass containers with hermetically sealed covers are ideal. You may likewise keep them in a cabinet or cabinet, spread the containers with enormous dark names or utilize a window ornament to cover them

Shelf Life

Spices that have been in your cabinet for a while may look ok, but you need to check the use by date. Using out of date spices is not the end of the world, but it will definitely affect the end result. Your food will seem to fall flat or have a stale taste/ aroma.  Spices stay fresh for about 6 months to a year. Try to keep your collection constantly rotating.

Equipment Needed

  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 Whisk
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cups
  • 1 Blender (optional)
carolina rub spilling out of a white jar

Carolina Rub

Chef Mason Bostwick
One of the oldest forms of American BBQ, this Carolina bbq spice is a great tool to bring the tangy sweet to your vegan recipes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiment, Enhancement, Spice
Cuisine American, BBQ, Vegan
Servings 20 servings


  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup White Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Salt
  • ¼ Cup Paprika
  • ¼ Cup Black pepper
  • ¼ Cup White Pepper
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Ground Mustard


  • Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix together thoroughly.
Keyword carolina bbq rub, carolina rub, carolina style rub

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