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Homemade Rub for Chicken – Summertime Barbecue Recipe

Sometime in the near future I’m going to share a recipe with you – Chicken in a Can.  Yep, the infamous recipe on how to cook the moistest, delicious chicken on the grill for this summer featuring a beer can!  This rub is the secret to that must-have chicken skin you will have when you make the Chicken-In-A-Can.   This is really easy to make and use, but it can get a little messy when applying it to the chicken, however the end result is well worth it.


  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. pepper
  • 1 T. white sugar
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 t. onion salt
  • 1 t. mustard powder
  • 1 t. garlic powder

Also, have the following tools on hand:

  • Small mixing bowl with lid or jar.
  • Fork (optional if mixing, rather than shaking)
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large bowl or plate, to put chicken in

Step 1: Get Your Ingredients Together

Add all the ingredients to a small mixing bowl (with a lid) or a jar.


Step 2: Mix or Shake

You mix the ingredients, with a fork or simply shake them if you have a bowl or jar with a lid.


  1. yummm, I can’t wait till the weather gets nicer for grilling!

  2. I’ve always wanted to know how to make it from scratch. Thanks for making it seem so easy!

  3. You make it look so easy! Thanks Lisa!

  4. great recipe Lisa, I’ll certainly look forward to using this one!


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