5-4-3-2-1 Asian Barbecue Rub

Raichlen's Rubs

Elevate your grilling game with the tantalizing flavors of this 5-4-3-2-1 Asian Barbecue Rub, a versatile blend that adds a burst of Asian-inspired taste to your dishes. Crafted from a harmonious combination of turbinado sugar, coarse salt, black pepper, Chinese five-spice powder, and onion powder, this rub strikes the perfect balance of sweetness, saltiness, and aromatic spices. Simply mix the ingredients together, ensuring any lumps in the brown sugar are smoothed out, and store any excess for future culinary adventures. Ideal for seasoning ribs or pork belly steamed buns, this rub promises to infuse your creations with irresistible flavor, making every bite a delightful journey for your taste buds.

Asian Barbecue Rub Recipe


5-4-3-2-1 Asian Barbecue Rub

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes about 1 cup


  • 5 tablespoons turbinado sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Place the sugar, salt, pepper, five-spice powder, and onion powder in a bowl and mix, breaking up any lumps in the brown sugar with your fingers. This will give you more rub than you need for two racks of spareribs (or four racks of baby backs).

Step 2: Store any excess in a sealed jar away from heat and light; it will keep for several weeks.

Recipe Tips

This rub goes with Pork Belly Steamed Buns.