Cleanish Barbeque Spice Rub | Chris Cooks

July 17, 2022

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I have always enjoyed making healthy, good quality food for our family. And after Jules began having health issues (she recently sent a health update in our Love Letter) I have been able to experiment even more with making cleaner alternatives of our family’s favorite foods that wouldn’t cause her a flare up. And this cleanER version of a classic barbeque rub I crafted gives you even more flavor with far less refined sugar.

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So, what makes this recipe cleanER and Hashimoto friendly? Well, I use coconut sugar which has a lower glycemic index, and is less refined than white or brown sugar. This substitute is especially great for people who are sensitive to refined sugars. And a little pro tip, if you like your barbeque sauce to have some spice, you can also add 2-3 tbsp of cayenne pepper for that extra kick.

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While this recipe is “ok” on beef, it really shines with pork, chicken, fish, and shrimp. And I promise, once you try it, you won’t be able to go back to store bought barbeque. It really is that good.

Chris Loves Julia’s Cleanish BBQ Rub

An amazing, all-purpose BBQ rub made with coconut sugar instead of other sweeteners. Amazing on pork of all kinds, fish, chicken – whatever you wanna put in the smoker or toss on the grill.


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1 cup Himalayan pink salt fine ground
  • 1/2 cup sweet smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup black pepper fine ground
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp allspice powder
  • 2 tbsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

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  1. Thank you Chris and Julia. Very nice to share. I will try. BGreen

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