Kool-Aid BBQ Rub

Kool-Aid BBQ Rub

For those of you who don't know, Kool-Aid was developed right here in our own state in Hastings, Nebraska. This internationally known soft drink mix, now owned by Kraft Foods, actually started out as a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack, invented by Edwin Perkins. If you really want, the next time you drive through our state stop by the Hastings Museum and check out the "Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream" exhibit. But we won't bore you with any more of that.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/8 cup salt
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 3 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cayenne
  • 2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 4 tsp black cherry Kool Aid


  • Mix all ingredients together and generously apply rub to meat, then wrap meat in foil or plastic wrap and let sit for at least 24 hours.
Keyword bbq rub, kool aid, kool aid rub

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