If you are looking for the Best Dry Rub for Ribs, this is the one to make. Add delicious flavor to your ribs with this simple ingredient rib rub recipe.

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We love making Homemade Seasoning Blends for all of our grilled recipes. They taste better their store bought seasoning and we can adjust the spice depending on what we prefer. Plus there are not added ingredients that we can’t pronounce.

This dry rub for ribs gives our ribs amazing flavor and it can be used for other cuts of meat. Check out also this Pork Rub or this Beef Rub Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

This best dry rub for pork ribs or any cut of meat. If you grill out a lot you probably already have a lot of these spices. The mixture is easy to combine and stores easily in an airtight container.

The next time you are grilling out ribs, make this spice blend for a crowd pleasing recipe.

Spice Rub Ingredients

Dry Rub ingredients - brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion, powder, cayenne pepper
  • Brown Sugar, packed
  • Smoked Paprika, or sweet
  • Cumin 
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Mustard Powder
  • Garlic Powder 
  • Onion Powder 
  • Cayenne Pepper

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Variations Ideas

This spice mixture can be used on baby-back ribs recipe, pork chops, chicken, beef ribs or anything your prefer. It gives your meat the flavor of barbecue sauce but in a dry rub recipe.

The deep smoke flavor gives the best flavor for amazing results.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.  Use a fork to break up any clumps as needed.  
Adding the ingredients to a bowl
  • Step 2 – To use for ribs, remove the membrane from the underneath side of the rack of ribs.  
  • Step 3 – Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel.  Then evenly apply the rub to the underneath side and the top side of the rack of ribs. 
Rubbing the dry rub on the ribs
  • Step 4 – Let it marinade in the rub for at least 20 minutes before cooking (you can also refrigerate them overnight in the rub if you prefer). 
  • Step 5 – Cook the ribs based on your preference and enjoy. 

Recipe Tips

  • Combining Ingredients – Combine the ingredients easily in a bowl then place in a mason jar or spice jar. This makes easy to sprinkle on your ribs.
  • Marinade – For the best flavor, we recommend allowing the meat to marinade for about 20 minutes with the spice rub. You can even marinade overnight so it is ready to grill the next day.
  • BBQ Sauce – After grilling your ribs, you can even baste with BBQ sauce for more flavor.
Close up image of spice blend on the spoon

How to Store Leftovers

Store any rub in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months. 

Spice blend in a bowl

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Best Dry Rub for Ribs

5 from 2 votes
Simple seasonings come together for the best Best Dry Rub for Ribs.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Marinade & Seasonings
Calories 73

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl.  Use a fork to break up any clumps as needed.
  • To use for ribs, remove the membrane from the underneath side of the rack of ribs.
  • Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel.  Then evenly apply the rub to the underneath side and the top side of the rack of ribs.  Let it marinade in the rub for at least 20 minutes before cooking (you can also refrigerate them overnight in the rub if you prefer).
  • Cook the ribs based on your preference and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 73kcal, Carbohydrates 17g, Protein 1g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g, Sodium 1171mg, Potassium 121mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 991IU, Vitamin C 0.5mg, Calcium 39mg, Iron 2mg

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