The best brisket rubs include a brown sugar rub, chipotle dry rub and Texas-style brisket rub, according to About.com. Other popular rubs include a chile rub and barbeque brisket rub.
A basic brown sugar brisket rub consists of equal parts brown sugar, salt, paprika, chili powder and black pepper. This recipe yields 1 2/3 cups. Brown sugar rubs are particularly popular on smoked brisket. Chipotle dry rubs are another popular choice for smoked brisket. A basic chipotle rub includes 1/4 cup powdered chipotle peppers, 2 tablespoons coarse salt, 1 tablespoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Omitting the cayenne reduces the heat significantly.
A Texas-style dry rub adds savory Southwestern flavor to brisket. A simple recipe calls for 1/2 cup paprika, 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup ground cumin and 1/4 cup chili powder. It also includes 1/2 cup black pepper and 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper.
The quality of a dry brisket rub depends on fresh ingredients. Commercial ground spices are convenient, but the heartiest flavor comes from freshly-ground spices. Peppercorns and cumin seeds can be pulverized in a food processor or a small coffee grinder. The easiest way to avoid unwanted coffee flavor in a dry rub is to purchase an inexpensive coffee grinder to use only for grinding spices.