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Aggie Brisket Rub

This Texas A&M brisket rub recipe will make your next cookout or tailgate a hit!
By Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications October 25, 2019


This is a simple brisket rub recipe that provides a great balance of flavors to enhance a smoked brisket. Feel free to use it on other meats as well, or adapt it to your particular tastes.

This recipe will make enough rub for four large briskets.


  • 2 cups of canning/pickling salt
  • 1 cup of paprika
  • 1/2 cup of coarse ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup of fine ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of onion powder
  • 1/2 cup of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar


  1. Mix the rub and apply it to the briskets at least overnight before the briskets are cooked

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