Sweet and Spicy (Easy 2-Step) Matcha BBQ Rub Recipe

Matcha BBQ Rub

Matcha BBQ Rub

Everything you want in a rub: salty, spicy, sweet, and smoky! Plus, amazing matcha health benefits!

Fire up the grill! This matcha BBQ rub has all the classic barbecue notes you want: it’s salty, spicy, sweet, and smoky! It’s particularly great on steaks and pork loins, but it also works well when grilling salmon or shrimp.

Rubs are spice mixes that you can rub into raw meat before cooking it, and while there are plenty of commercial blends in the store, there’s no real need to buy a rub when you can make your own at home. Not only can you customize it to meet your tastes, but you can also make it healthier—like with this matcha version!

The matcha tea powder will add a lot of nutrients to this rub, without taking away from the taste. Matcha powder has 137 times more antioxidants in it than regular green tea, and it also boosts your metabolism and helps burns calories faster than normal.

Matcha is also a natural and powerful detoxifier, ridding your body of heavy metals and chemical toxins. It’s an anti-inflammatory, and helps keep your blood pressure and blood sugar down, too. It helps lower bad cholesterol, and is high in soluble fiber.

But the biggest matcha health benefits come down to the aforementioned antioxidants. Matcha is absolutely stuffed with them, which is amazing because antioxidants can help prevent conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes and heart problems, and some types of cancer, including colon, breast, throat, stomach, prostate, and bladder cancers. It’s also an all-around immune system booster that provides lots of energy, focus, memory enhancement, and concentration.

So this may very well be the healthiest BBQ rub in the world! A little matcha tea powder goes a long way. Give this recipe a try the next time you’re having a cookout!

Matcha BBQ Rub Recipe

Matcha BBQ Rub Recipe


  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Epic Matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder

  1. Blend all ingredients, and grind well in a food processor.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on your meat, and massage in the rub. Let this sit for 1–2 hours before grilling on barbecue or in a hot cast-iron frying pan.

To learn how to make matcha everything, download our recipe book, or visit our Epic Matcha blog!