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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

Yield: 0

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).

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together. Rub over 2 racks of ribs and prepare ribs as desired.
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ChrisCH2011

Monday 16th of March 2015

Dry Rub for Ribs - just 5 fabulous spices! http://t.co/uoIRSpluYN via @thewickednoodle

NicoleHCook

Friday 13th of March 2015

Dry Rub for Ribs - just 5 fabulous spices! http://t.co/pDCgnUCMJi via @thewickednoodle

Laura @MotherWouldKnow

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

I didn't grow up eating ribs, but as an adult I've come to love them. Mostly we do them long and slow in the oven or on the grill, but always with sauce. I can't wait to try this rub - isn't it sometimes called Memphis-style? As a matter of fact, I can imagine making a bunch of this and giving it away as holiday gifts. Such a simple, but flavorful gift.

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 20th of March 2015

That's a great idea to give it away as gifts, Laura!

Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

This is fantastic! I make a similar blend for my slow cooker pulled pork recipe.

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 20th of March 2015

mmm...love pulled pork!!

Shannon @ Dinner from the Heart

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

Even when my hubby is actually smoking the ribs, I still use smoked paprika in the rub! This is a delicious combo. Great rub. :)

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 11th of March 2015

Thanks, Shannon!

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