4 cups black peppercorns
4 cups kosher salt
2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups onion powder or granulated onion
1 cup smoked paprika
4 tablespoons crushed red pepper
This rub can be stripped down to just 3 ingredients: salt, peppercorns and brown sugar. This is an especially good idea when cooking larger pieces of meat, like brisket. Rubs should always be an accent to the meat's natural flavor. Measurements can be adjusted to personal preference, but the salt, peppercorns and brown sugar ratios should never change.