Sylvia Pearce’s Spicy Dry Rub for Chicken

A few weeks ago Jack & I were visiting family in Cary, NC, to celebrate my great-grandson’s 5th birthday.  Julian was excited to show me how he swims in the big community pool so, off we went. After sunscreen, earplugs & swim arms, he was ready to have fun. All the while I was a little distracted by the amazing aroma of grilling taking place to my right at one of the grill stations nearby. I could see chicken and steak on the grill which made my mouth start watering. I had to investigate! I then had the pleasure of meeting Dwayne & Sylvia Pearce. Dwayne is the Grill Master but quickly confessed that it’s his wife Sylvia’s homemade rub that makes the food delicious. It was very evident to me that Dwayne was enjoying every moment at the grill in spite of the 90º temperature outside. Their generosity extended to me a sampling of their chicken drumsticks and I was hooked! The chicken was grilled to perfection, full of spicy flavor, and very moist. Like many accomplished cooks, Sylvia uses a little of this and a little of that until the taste is just the way they like it. Thanks so much to Sylvia & Dwayne for sharing your good nature, spice rub ingredients, and chicken with me. I love it!

Sylvia Pearce's Spicy Dry Rub for Chicken

A quick & easy homemade spicy dry rub.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 chicken pieces


  • Small mixing bowl or plastic zip-lock bag
  • Measuring spoons


  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Adobe seasoning
  • 1 packet Sazon seasoning
  • 1 ½ tsp jerk seasoning (if using jerk in a jar, omit the brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cayene pepper
  • 1 pinch black pepper


  • Mix all of the above ingredients and blend well.
  • Using paper towels, pat dry your chicken, then generously rub the spicy dry rub on both sides.
  • Heat your grill to medium-high then lightly oil the grates.
  • Place the chicken on the grill and grill for about 10 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees for dark meat or 160 degrees for white meat.
  • Rest at least 5 minutes before serving.


Serving: 0g

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