Debate rages over whether or not brisket is barbeque. In Texas, “barbeque” is more or less synonymous with brisket. But venture further into the South, say into Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, or even crawl your way up the Mid-Atlantic to the Carolinas, and you'll find that being beef essentially disqualifies the dish from also being barbeque. But when it comes to being the best brisket rub on the market, it doesn't matter if you call the dish barbeque or not.

We all love beef. Burgers, steaks, carne asada…even mentioning them makes the mouth water. But have you ever noticed that the beefy part of beef—the beef taste itself—is actually kinda underwhelming?

“Not I!” you may be thinking, “I'm a beef-eating, beef-loving, beef-advocate.” Sure, but when's the last time you ate a burger with no dressing? Just patty and bun? It almost sounds stomach-turning, when you compare it to the wonderfulness that is a patty dripping with melted cheese, swirls of mayo and mustard, given that extra bit of crunch from the lettuce and the extra bite from the onions and that little extra crispiness from the sesame seeds on top.

Add all that, and you've got something that nearly transcends the small amount of lunchtime that we often find ourselves shoving the burger into. The same is true for the beef that becomes brisket. Of course, you don't want to simply toss a Big Mac's worth of ingredients on top of your perfectly smoked meat, but you also cannot afford to go through all the trouble of smoking it yourself only for the final flavor to be...just beef.

We're tired of “just beef,” and that's why we put together this list of the top ten best brisket rubs available. Sprinkle your meat with some of these bad boys and you'll be the talk of the barbeque, regardless of whether or not that's the right thing to call it.

We'll consider each of the top ten best brisket rubs one by one, but first, let us answer some of the most frequently asked questions about brisket that we receive.

The Best Brisket Rub Comparison Table

The Best Brisket Rub FAQ

1. What Exactly Is Brisket?

2. What Is the Difference Between Flat Cut and Point Cut Brisket?

3. How Do You Turn the Brisket Cut of Meat into “Brisket” the Dish?

4. Where Can You Buy the Best Brisket Rubs?

5. When Is National Brisket Day?

How We Reviewed

We compiled this list primarily with taste in mind. Versatility and price point play large roles in determining which bottle of spice deserves to be called the best brisket rub around. But ultimately, if it failed our taste test, it did not make it onto this list.

Overall Price Range of the Best Brisket Rubs

You may be surprised to learn that some containers of brisket spice can run you up to $60. Brisket is no joke. However, do not be afraid; you don't have to break the bank to slow cook yourself a brisket. Other rubs that we found equally viable only cost the consumer around $12 or $13. Always check the amounts, however; some bottles last longer than others.

What We Reviewed

  • Bad Byron's Butt Rub Barbecue Seasoning
  • Obie-Cue's Big Bull's Texas Brisket Seasoning
  • Kosmos Q Cow Cover
  • Szeged Rib Rub
  • John Henry's Texas Brisket Rub
  • Oakridge BBQ Signature Edition Black OPS Brisket Rub
  • Plowboys Yardbird Rub
  • Pellet Envy EAT Barbecue The Most Powerful Stuff
  • Gringos Chupacabra Rub Brisket Magic
  • Pitmaster Harry Soo's Slap Yo Daddy Rubs
Bad Byron's Butt Rub Barbecue Seasoning

Overview

Like most briskets, chefs are attempting to make meat flavored like the outdoors. With Bad Byron's seasoning, you know you are getting a quality barbecue seasoning that is both tasty and gluten-free.

PROS

  • Great ingredients
  • Gluten-free
  • Taste conscious

CONS

  • Price point
  • Quantity provided
  • Not everyone's favorite

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of pepper, onion, paprika, garlic, salt, chipotle, and a type of smoked jalapeno.

Obie-Cue's Big Bull's Texas Brisket Seasoning

Overview

Made to be used for beef in a Texas-style seasoning rub, Big Bull seasoning has no MSG, an advantage for some. The company claims that this seasoning is the classic taste of Texas barbeque.

PROS

  • No MSG
  • Classic flavor
  • Price
  • Built for beef

CONS

  • Taste is not for everyone
  • Not too adventurous

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of garlic, chile, salt, and herbs.

Kosmos Q Cow Cover

Overview

Boasting an award for the 2015 World Champion BBQ Injections & Grilling Spices, Kosmos is made entirely in the US of A, making this a real winner for anyone looking for a classic blend with tons of flavor.

PROS

  • Award winner
  • Recommended for multiple meats
  • Classic flavor

CONS

  • Not too unique
  • Price for quantity

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of classic spices.

Szeged Rib Rub

Overview

Above and beyond the call of duty for a rib rub, this seasoning is sure to make your brisket big at the next party or cookout. It contains a great number of spices and seasoning sure to impress.

PROS

  • Great for ribs
  • Cute packaging
  • Great flavor

CONS

  • Meat specific
  • Salt content

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of paprika, mustard, garlic, salt, and other spices.

John Henry's Texas Brisket Rub

Overview

A really wonderful brisket rub, John Henry's comes in multiple flavors and sizes for everyone's needs. Filled with world-class spices and seasonings, John Henry's might be the best brisket rub for a party or to slap on some corn at the end of the shindig.

PROS

  • Multiple flavors available
  • Classic texas taste
  • Price point

CONS

  • Smaller quantity
  • Not everyone's flavor

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of world-class spices.

Oakridge BBQ Signature Edition Black OPS Brisket Rub

Overview

Without revealing the secret recipe, this brisket company has released their oh-so-precious spice upon the world to wrap meat everywhere. Spicy, sweet, and smooth, you are sure to enjoy this meat spice at your next party. Even try it on chicken!

PROS

  • Great for chicken
  • Wonderful for parties
  • Secretive recipe

CONS

  • Price
  • Too spicy for some

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of peppers and spices.

Plowboys Yardbird Rub

Overview

A real classic flavor for the BBQ in the backyard, Plowboys is a taste of Texas you won't soon forget. It's great for corn, chicken, or just plain popcorn. You can now make anything taste like BBQ!

PROS

  • Price is great
  • Flavor is full
  • Fun and classic

CONS

  • None too adventurous
  • Not too spicy

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of peppers and spices for a classic BBQ taste.

Pellet Envy EAT Barbecue The Most Powerful Stuff

Overview

Should you trust a bottle that claims to be the most powerful stuff available? After trying Pellet Envy's “EAT Barbecue The Most Powerful Stuff” we know that you can. This spice really packs a punch worthy of propelling it to the front of the best brisket rub list.

PROS

  • Powerful
  • Comes in large shaker jar for easy use
  • Created by the winner of the 2013 BBQ Pitmaster TV Show

CONS

  • Not the cheapest
  • Not the mildest

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of salt, sugar, chili pepper, brown sugar, paprika, and garlic.

Gringos Chupacabra Rub Brisket Magic

Overview

Recommended for both veggies and meat, you can use this seasoning for almost anything. Claiming a Texan taste, this rub includes spices and sugar, so it is more of a dessert topping than a salt rub. You might be wondering about the “magic” in this seasoning. Well, we are here to tell you that it is more caloric than witchery related.

PROS

  • Great for dessert meats
  • Cute packaging
  • Versatile

CONS

  • Sugar content
  • Overly sweet

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of chili peppers, garlic, salt, and brown sugar. If you have diabetes, you may want to steer clear.

Pitmaster Harry Soo's Slap Yo Daddy Rubs

Overview

A great rub for all kinds of meat, this gluten- and MSG-free product is made in the United States. The flavor palate is quite full, but none too surprising, despite the packaging being a little scandalous.

PROS

  • Funny packaging
  • Quality of spice
  • Classic tastes

CONS

  • Price for amount
  • Not for everyone

Where to Buy

Amazon

Main Ingredients

The main ingredients in this brisket seasoning are a blend of pepper, salt, and tons of spices.

The Verdict

Plowboys Yardbird Rub is the pick of the litter for our list. Experts and novices alike can agree that for the price point and taste, this is the brisket rub that will steal your hearts and run away with the spoon.

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