Moist and flavorful barbecue dry rubbed grilled chicken with fresh pineapple salsa. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy!

Moist and flavorful barbecue dry rubbed chicken with fresh pineapple salsa. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m been pretty obsessed with grilling this summer. We always grill in the summer months, it’s kind of an unwritten rule, right? And sometimes we grill year round… just as long as the grill isn’t buried under several feet of snow, of course! But the huge difference is that this year I’ve personally been doing a lot of grilling. I’ll be honest. Grills used to scare the crap out of me, at least from the starting it up standpoint. And of course it’s all from old memories… having to light the grill manually or weird things happening. Since we have a new grill, we have zero problems which meant it was time to get over my grilling fears.

If we could have the weather we had today year round, I’d be so happy. Beautiful sunny skies, constant breeze and a perfect 80 with barely any humidity. If that were an option, I’d personally grill year round. But, when winter rears it’s ugly head, I’m hanging up my tongs. Until then… I fully plan on enjoying grilling for another couple of months.

I promise I won’t be telling you to grill a pumpkin pie in November.

Moist and flavorful barbecue dry rubbed chicken with fresh pineapple salsa. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’ve been a huge fan of barbecue chicken for-ever. Whether it’s coated in sauce and then grilled or sauce on the side for dipping later, I’m game. A few weeks back I had a sudden urge for grilled barbecue chicken. The results were truly disappointing because the grill literally melted all of the sauce off. Which, brings us to this recipe. I needed the flavor to stick, so the Mr suggested a dry rub. It worked beautifully!

This homemade barbecue dry rub is perfect for any of your favorite cuts of meat, but is especially amazing with chicken. Grilled chicken especially! It has the sweet and spiciness I crave from barbecue sauce but without the sauciness… the troublesome sauciness that will only melt off on the grill! No longer a problem!

Moist and flavorful grilled chicken, coated in a homemade barbecue dry rub. Pair with homemade pineapple salsa for the perfect combination of both sweet and spicy… and sweet and savory!

Moist and flavorful barbecue dry rubbed chicken with fresh pineapple salsa. Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Moist and flavorful barbecue dry rubbed chicken recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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Barbecue Dry Rubbed Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 plus
Moist and flavorful grilled chicken, coated in a homemade sweet and spicy barbecue dry rub.


  • 1-2 Tb paprika
  • 2 Tb light brown sugar
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 2-3 chicken breasts, roughly 1lb
  • Pineapple salsa


  • Combine dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towels. Pound down to an even thickness. Coat all sides well with dry rub mixture.
  • Preheat grill. Cooking over medium-low for 5-8 minutes per side, or until no longer pink.
  • Serve with pineapple salsa.


Recipe serves roughly 2-4.
*Dry rub is enough for roughly 1lb meat.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most accurate data, use your preferred nutrition calculator with the actual ingredients you used to make this recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Chicken, Dinner