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Dry Rub for Ribs – just 5 fabulous spices!

This is the BEST dry rub for ribs – and just five ingredients! Brown sugar, smoked paprika, coarse salt, freshly-crushed black peppercorns and some garlic powder to bring it all together.
This is the BEST dry rub for ribs - and just five ingredients!

I’ve got a simple one for you today – an easy dry rub for ribs that has just five ingredients yet will give you some of the best-tasting ribs this side of everywhere.

I always use a dry rub for ribs; it adds so much flavor and takes just about two minutes to throw together (most of the time comes from having to search through my spice rack). I don’t even take the time to measure accurately, I’ll just toss the spices in my hand and eyeball them. The five spices I use are brown sugar, smoked paprika (love the smoky flavor it brings!), coarse salt, black peppercorns that I crush myself and, of course, some garlic powder…because nothing in life should ever be without garlic! You can use regular paprika instead of the smoked if that’s all you’ve got but I love the extra smokiness. A dry rub for ribs should always have a bit of smoky flavor, in my opinion. And this one has it all!

The amounts I use make enough to cover the top of two hefty-sized racks of ribs; if you prefer more rub to your ribs then, by all means, double the spices and go to town, especially if you’re not planning on finishing your ribs with a good barbecue sauce. I’ve served this dry rub for ribs without the sauce and they’ve always been a hit, but I do make sure that I at least have some sauce to serve on the side. Me, I’ll take my ribs any way I can get them as long as they’re tender, flavorful and fall straight off them bones :)

This is the BEST dry rub for ribs - and just five ingredients!

Dry Rub for Ribs

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This recipe will make enough for a thick coating on the top of a large rack of meaty ribs. If you prefer your rub on both sides of your ribs (or just like a LOT of rub, feel free to double the recipe).


  • 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder


  1. Mix all ingredients together. Rub over 2 racks of ribs and prepare ribs as desired.
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