3 Best Roast Rubs Ever


3 Best Roast Rubs

Sometimes simple is best when it comes to cooking dinner. Actually most of the time simple is best when it comes to cooking dinner.

When trying to keep my time minimal in the kitchen and also provide nutrient dense meals, I often choose simple meals like a roast and vegetables.

I love putting a roast in the slow cooker, smelling its mouth watering goodness all day long, and then savoring the juicy flavors. The key to an amazingly delicious roast is all in the seasoning.

There are three different roast rubs that I like to use to give a little variety to the basic flavor of the meat. Sometimes I choose depending on what vegetables I’m adding to the meal. Other times I just go with whatever mood I’m in when I start the roast in the morning.

bbq rub ingredients

Typically I only cook beef roasts since that is the type of meat we prefer. But these rubs would also taste good on pork or possibly lamb as well. With beef I know there are different cuts of roasts too, but I usually just go with what’s stocked in my freezer. (We buy our beef in bulk from a local farmer.)

3 Best Roast Rubs Ever


    For a 2-3 lb roast:
  • Italian
  • 1 Tbsp Italian herb blend
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • BBQ
  • 1/2 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard powder
  • Mexican
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • Additional Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)


  1. In a small bowl, add spices and mix with a fork.
  2. Rub thoroughly on roast.
  3. Place in crock-pot. Add ACV and coconut aminos.
  4. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Meat is ready when tender and starts to fall apart.

bbq roast rub in jar

In my minimalist kitchen I use my slow cooker quite a bit for roasts. The spices meld deliciously together and make the meat super tender. All you need to do to make it a complete meal is add a couple vegetable sides.

With the Italian rub, broccoli and mashed potatoes go really well. Sweet potato and slaw pair well with the BBQ rub. And some sautéed peppers and onions taste great with the Mexican rubbed roast.

Any leftover meat can be shredded and made into another dish later in the week. Some second meal ideas are breakfast scrambles, taco salad, or beef over baked potatoes. The possibilities are endless!

I’m a big fan of delicious food and this is an easy one. Depending on the vegetables you choose, it lines up with most special diets like paleo, GAPS, or autoimmune protocols.

Have you made a roast recently?

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