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Boston Butt Dry Rub Recipe
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Boston Butt Dry Rub Recipe

Boston butt is a thick cut of pork meat that contains a good amount of marbling and fat content. The high amount of marbled fat creates a very moist, juicy roast. This cut comes from high on the hog above the shoulder blade

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dry Rub
Servings: 4
Calories: 229kcal


  • 4 teaspoons salt

  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 4 teaspoons onion powder

  • 4 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons cumin

  • 3 teaspoons black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together with a whisk or fork. 

  • Then, the bbq spice rub is ready to worked into your meat.

  • Store your dry rub in the fridge in an airtight container.

  • It will keep for two to four weeks.

  • Apply a thin coat of vinegar-based mustard to the outside of your Boston butt.

  • Good options include dijon mustard and yellow mustard.

  • Work your homemade pork butt rub into your butt.

  • This is an important step! Skin acts as a barrier to flavor, so if you don’t work the rub into the meat, the flavor will be lighter. 

  • Rub the prepared mix of spices into your meat on all sides thoroughly, and it will penetrate the skin to season the entire cut.

  • Wrap your seasoned butt in foil. It can be beneficial to let the roast sit overnight.

  • Prepare your barbecue with your chosen smoking wood to a temperature of at least 225 degrees.

  • Cook your roast in the foil for about 60 to 90 minutes for every pound.

  • Every two hours, make sure to turn the roast on a different side.

  • Rub a bit of olive oil on the roast during this time to ensure moisture retention.

  • When you think it’s close to being done, measure the internal temperature at the thickest part of your roast with a meat thermometer. 

  • When done, the internal temperature should measure 190 degrees.

  • Once done on the barbecue, take off heat and let the meat sit for ten minutes.

  • Then, it’s ready to cut and serve with your favorite side dishes!


Serving: 85g | Calories: 229kcal