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Our flavor-packed Rib Rub Recipe is a mix of sweet, spicy, and earth flavors for the perfect balance you want in a dry rub for ribs! Easy to mix up in a pinch and so finger-licking delicious. Delicious on beef and pork ribs!
Grilling out is my passion, and there are few things I enjoy more than ribs on the grill. Spare ribs, baby back ribs, beef ribs – you name it, I love grilling ribs!
My secret to the most flavorful ribs is my rib rub with brown sugar recipe. This is the best dry rub for ribs I have ever had, and I guarantee you will feel the same way. It’s sweet and salty with a little kick of heat. Pair it with your favorite BBQ sauce and you’ll be obsessed!
It’s the perfect brown sugar rib rub for pork ribs or beef ribs on the grill. Give my rib seasoning a try and I know you’ll want to keep a jar of it on hand every time you grill out.
Best Rib Rub Ingredients
- brown sugar, packed
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- creole seasoning
- black pepper
- salt preferably Himalayan sea salt
- chili powder
- mustard powder
The best rubs start with sugar. I love brown sugar as a base for rib seasoning! Sweet flavors and pork are a perfect match. Adding in paprika gives it a tasty, earthy kick. It’s sweet and salty with a little bit of spice and brightness. This is the best rib rub for pork!
Definitely use Himalayan sea salt if you have access to it. Sea salt gives the most perfect crunch to rib rub recipes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cover the entire rack with rib seasoning and pat down. It’s called a rub for a reason – rub, rub, rub, and pat, pat, pat your seasoning down on both sides! Give it a nice coating!
Yes! On a large rimmed baking sheet, season your ribs all over with your spice rub for ribs and refrigerate overnight. The ribs will absorb the flavor of the rub better this way.
You won’t need anything extra other than our BBQ rib rub to season the meat. At the 1 hour mark of cooking, you’ll brush the ribs with barbecue sauce.
Allow the ribs to rest in the refrigerator overnight, coated in rib seasoning, before grilling for best results.
Yes, it is!
This is the best rib rub recipe – it will last up to 6 months in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, or in the refrigerator. Store it in a jar with a label and the date.
Rib Rub Recipes
- This makes the best Baby Back Rib rub.
- It’s a delicious pork rub in general – try it with our Boston Butt on the Grill.
- This seasoning makes a tasty Spare Rib dry rub.
- This isn’t just the best rub for pork ribs – it’s also delicious on beef! Try it with our Grilled Short Rib Recipe.
How to Store
Store your rib seasoning in air-tight glass containers such as a mason jar for up to 6 month stored in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator. If it clumps together, give it a good shake or simply mix it together. Homemade rib rub makes a fantastic food gift idea!
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Bold Rib Rub Recipe with Brown Sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar packed
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons creole seasoning
- 3 teaspoons black pepper
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt preferably Himalayan sea salt
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder
- Add packed brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, Creole seasoning, black pepper, paprika, sea salt, cumin, chili powder, and mustard powder to a bowl.
- Mix ingredients together until fully combined.