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Rib Rub Recipe

Easy Starter BBQ Rub Recipe


  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder


  • Easy Starter BBQ Rub Recipe
    Now that we understand a little more about the flavor profile we are after, I'll give you a head start with a very simple pork rib rub recipe. Everyone's tastes are different, so I would encourage you to start with this rub, taste and modify from there in small increments.
  • Pat, Don't Rub
    Apply your rub to the ribs while your smoker is getting up to the right temperature. No need to put the rub on your ribs too far in advance. To apply the rub, sprinkle a good layer all over the meat side of the ribs so that you can no longer see any meat. Use your other hand to gently pat the rub so it sticks to the rack of ribs. Turn the ribs over (after you have removed the membrane) and apply the rest of the rub to the underside of the ribs, patting as you go. No need to apply as much rub to the underside, just a light dusting is good. Smoke your bbq ribs and enjoy!