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Rib Rub Recipe

Try this quick and easy rib rub recipe made in just minutes! Using only five ingredients- this BBQ-flavored rub is salty and sweet with just the right amount of heat. Prepare a rack of ribs with the rub overnight and enjoy perfectly seasoned and tender ribs the next day. 

Our rib rub in a decorative bowl.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Chili Powder: American chili powder, made of dried chilies and herbs, lends a savory component to the rib rub.
  • Cayenne Pepper: Add heat that doesn’t overwhelm with cayenne.
  • Brown Sugar: Add sugar to the rub to enhance the flavor, encourage caramelization, and cut the bitterness of the other spices.
  • Salt + Pepper

HOW TO MAKE OUR RIB RUB RECIPE 

Combine the spices in a small bowl to make up our rib rub recipe.

COMBINE– Add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl; stir to combine.

Store the ingredients for our rib rub recipe in an airtight container.

STORE– Store the spice blend in an air-tight container.

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Our sweet and spice rib rub recipe coated on a rack of beef ribs.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVERS 

  • STORAGE – Add leftover or pre-made rib rub to an air-tight container. It will keep in your pantry or cabinet for up to 6 months.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Should you put a rub on ribs?

Rubbing the ribs in advance will create a thicker bark and provide a tangier flavor to compliment the BBQ sauce or glaze you coat the ribs with afterward.

How long should rub be on ribs before cooking?


Leave the rib rub on for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best!

What do you put on ribs before rubbing?

I usually prepare ribs with a dry rub, but many home cooks use a technique called slathering first; this involves thinly layering ingredients like mustard, olive oil, or even mayo to act as a binder for the rub.


Can I make this rub low-carb or keto?


You sure can! Use Swerve or Golden Monk fruit in place of the brown sugar.

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Our rib rub in a decorative bowl.

Rib Rub Recipe

Tressa Jamil
Made with five ingredients- our rib rub recipe is salty and sweet. Prepare a rack of ribs over night and enjoy perfectly seasoned and tender ribs the next day.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Preparations
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup

Ingredients
  

  • 4 teaspoons American chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon black pepper, coarse ground
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne, ground
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions
 

Notes

  • How long should rub be on ribs before cooking? Leave the rib rub on for at least 4 hours, but overnight is best! 
 
  • Spice Quality: Start with fresh spices – this makes all the difference; spices lose their flavor over time, especially ground spices. 
 
 
  • Nutrition Disclosure: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
 
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