You will need a good Ribs Spice Rub if you make Baby Back Ribs, Country Style Ribs, Spare Ribs, or Short Ribs, or Pulled Pork. They are all delicious, and easy to make. Make sure to give those ribs a good rub down with the flavorful seasonings in this Ribs Spice Rub recipe. It is a perfect dry rub recipe, and a simple recipe to make!
Ribs Spice Rub
This Ribs Spice Rub is a dry rub, and is perfect for flavoring those Baby Back Ribs you are going to cook up! Full of flavor, not too salty, and a compliment to your favorite barbecue sauce. It has just a little kick of heat, but you can double up on the cayenne pepper to make it hotter, if you like the heat!
I use this Ribs Spice Rub on my Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs, or on ribs that I’m going to grill or throw into the smoker. This rub is also very good on Country Style Ribs and Pulled Pork. When I make ribs in my house, everyone come running!
I also use this Ribs Spice Rub on my Pulled Pork Recipe and my Slow Cooker Ribs recipe.
For convenience, and so I don’t run out too quickly, I like to make a double batch and store it in a mason jar in the pantry. It will last a long time this way.
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This ribs spice rub is a delicious dry rub recipe for pork ribs, country style ribs, pulled pork, or anything else that you want to put it on.
- 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Coarse Black Pepper
- 1 Tablespoon Cumin Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 2 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Sweet Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, or granulated garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Add all spices to a container with a lid (I use a mason jar) and shake well to mix.
Store with lid closed in a cool dry place.
I suggest doubling this recipe as it keeps very well.
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I’ve been using a Martha Stewart recipe for my rib rub but decided to try a new one with the country rib recipe I found. Very few times I find a perfect recipe for my regular staples, but this one is a keeper. We use a lot of chili powder in our household and I didn’t quite have enough, so I added the ancho chili I had instead, added about 1/2 tbs to the chili powder I had and it worked out great. I didn’t feel like there was too much salt, the amounts of everything turned out great. You can’t go wrong with this recipe. Thank you so much!
this was too salty for me even though i was generous with all the other spices except the salt. I would put 1/2-2/3 what the recipe calls for
Thank you for your feedback. I know some people are more sensitive to salt, so this is good to know. Also be sure to use Kosher salt and not table salt as table salt is much finer so 2 Tablespoons is way more than with Kosher salt.
I use this rub on all of my meats. I love it, and am making more and doubling it. Thanks.
This rub has amazing flavor! I’ve been using it on ribs and on pulled pork for 3 years now. It’s a favorite!
The first and only rub I have ever made. But I’m going to look no further this is to die for. I did leave out the cumin by choice. Thank you for a keeper rub.
This is the only way to make country pork ribs. My husband can’t wait till I make it again.
I used this rub while following your SLOW COOKER COUNTRY STYLE RIBS recipe and this rub was a hit. Everyone in the family loved it. We did not use bbq sauce or anything else. Delicious. These were the best ribs I have ever made.
This is a legitimately good rub and I do a lot of smoking. The cumin is just an accent flavor, barely there for those that are concerned. I used chipotle chili powder as well. Father’s Day spare ribs went UNSAUCED for 80% of the adults at the table.