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Dry Rub For Ribs

Dry Rub For Ribs – If you love BBQ ribs, you’re going to love this dry rub recipe! It’s easy to make, tastes amazing on grilled meats, and perfect for any occasion, and can be made ahead!

Barbeque dry rub

Rib Rub Recipe – Easy To Make

We’re not going to lie: we love ribs! And we’ve got a secret for you. You can make your own dry rub for barbecue ribs so that there’s no need to buy all those store-bought mixes.

The thing is, dry rubs are really easy to make at home, pocket-friendly, easy to customize—and they take just minutes and can be made in larger quantities for future use.

The key to this dry rub is the combination of ingredients. The smoked paprika and cayenne pepper give it a nice kick. The brown sugar also adds sweetness to the meat. Its balanced taste makes me look forward to outdoor BBQ beef ribs grilling.

Rub for BBQ Ribs And Others

Dry rub for BBQ ribs is a mix of herbs and spices that you can add to your ribs before you grill them. It’s the perfect addition to any barbecue meal, whether you’re grilling in your backyard or in your oven.

If you’re new to dry rubs, they’re very simple to make. You just need some seasonings, like salt and pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, smoked paprika (for color and smokiness), and sugar. Your choice of other spices will depend on what you like most about your favorite rib recipe.

Dry rubs are a great way to add flavor to your barbecue ribs. In addition to using dry rubs on your ribs, you can also use them on oven-baked chicken, roasted chicken, pot roast, chicken wings, or even on chicken breasts—they’re great for everything, even on grilled salmon!

Dry seasoning recipe for ribs

What is this bbq dry rub made from?

This seasoning mix is made up of brown sugar, paprika, dry mustard, cumin powder, garlic and onion powder, black pepper, and salt. It is called a “dry rub” because all the ingredients are powdery and dry. This seasoning mix infuses a smoky flavor unique to BBQ ribs. 

  • Dark brown sugar: I start with brown sugar as base ingredients to bring out the sweetness in my seasoning blend. The sugar caramelizes as it cooks and adds a deep molasses flavor.
  • Paprika: adds popping color and smoky aromatic flavor.
  • Dry mustard brings an acidic and punchy flavor to balance the taste.
  • Garlic and Onion powder: these are my all-time flavor enhancers. They have never failed to boost any recipe’s flavor, including this dry rub mix.
  • Cumin powder: adds depth to the flavor
  • Salt: balances the taste of the brown sugar and draws out the moisture on the meat outside for a crusty result. 
  • Black pepper: add a kick of heat.
Ingredients for making bbq dry rub

How to make the Dry Rib Rub

  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly. 
  • Use immediately or store in a tight-fitting lid unit ready for use.

How to Store

Store in an airtight jar and keep in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Label the jar with the date and name of the spice to avoid mixing it up. This rub mix should last about a year if you use fresh dry herbs. Once you notice the mixture is molded or hard, just make a new batch and dispose of the previous one.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply dry rub?

Rinse the ribs and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub the dry seasoning and massage into the meat until the entire rib slab is covered. Cover evenly and let it rest before you grill. You don’t need to apply anything before rubbing it into the meat. You can also rub the

Introduce the dry rub in about 15 minutes – 1 hour before you grill. As I have mentioned, I like to make them rest so that the flavor can penetrate deep into them.

Can you leave rubs on ribs overnight?

Of course, you can apply it to the ribs and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight. I recommend that it shouldn’t be more than 12 hours. If you leave it too long, the salt drains moisture in the ribs.

How much dry rub is needed on ribs?

Friends, apply the dry rub generously and evenly. I recommend about 1/2 cup of dry rub for 2 pounds of ribs.

Is the dry rub only for BBQ ribs?

It is a perfect seasoning for the ribs, but you can use it for other meat like pork, chicken, and turkey to add that smoky flavor.

Can I make it spicy?

Of course, you can add chili powder or cayenne pepper to add a kick of heat. This version is not spicy, but if you love spicy and a bit of tingling heat, why not? Feel free to make your own version.

Tips for making your own dry rub

  • Taste it to know how much spice you need and how much salt goes into it, especially if you are on a low sodium diet.
  • Store it well as other seasoning mixes away from sunlight.
Bbq seasoning recipe

How to Use This Dry Rub

This seasoning mix is excellent on BBQ beef ribs, pork and beef chops, and other grilled meat. You can use it alone or together with BBQ sauce to enhance flavor. I generously apply this dry rub on my beef until the ribs are fully covered. I love to let the ribs rest a bit so that the flavor can penetrate before I grill them. Grill at 250 °F over low heat to get a flavourful BBQ.

As this BBQ wonder, I love to use dry rubs for roast chicken, baked chicken, air-fried chicken, and so on.

Check out other flavourful homemade seasonings:

Barbeque dry rub

Dry Rubs for BBQ Ribs

Get the best out of your BBQ ribs with this flavor-packed dry rub blend. Its sweet and earthy taste amplifies the ribs’ taste from zero to a hundred. Easy to mix up, can be made ahead, and features fantastic smoky flavor.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue, dry rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 138.2kcal


  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Use immediately or store in a contaner with a tight-fitting lid.


  • Taste it to know how much spice you need and how much salt goes into it, especially if you are on a low sodium diet.
  • Store it well as other seasoning mixes away from sunlight.


Calories: 138.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 31.7g | Protein: 2.2g | Fat: 1.6g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Sodium: 3503.3mg | Potassium: 238.5mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 24.1g | Vitamin A: 1994.4IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 64.8mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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