Hometown Dry Rub

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Posted by Tracy

Growing up, our mother always shopped at a small neighborhood grocery store called Bay’s Grocery.  It was a great little place where everyone knew you by name, you could still say “charge this to my bill,” and on occasion, Tom Bay would give you a little piece of candy from behind the counter.  At the old-fashioned butcher counter in the back of the store, you could buy the best thick-cut pork chops with a house dry rub that was the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  Those pork chops were the first meal I cooked for my husband when we’d just started dating.  After almost 50 years in business, Bay’s Grocery closed in 1993, and I’ve been trying to duplicate that dry rub ever since.  This recipe is a great substitute…I’ll bet it would taste even better if it were made by the folks at Bay’s.


  • 2 T. garlic powder
  • 2 T. onion powder
  • 2 T. chili powder
  • 2 T. ground cumin
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. black pepper
  • 1 T. paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)


Add all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well with fork or wire whisk.

Use on chicken, pork, or beef.   Use paper towels to remove all moisture from cuts of meat or the dry rub will not stick.   Apply liberally.  Grill or bake your meat to tasty perfection!


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