Best Dry Rub For Ribs

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This dry rub for ribs will amplify the flavor on any rack of ribs you cook. I’ve packed classic BBQ flavors into my rib rub recipe so you get finger-licking results!

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Dry Rub for Ribs

Every rack of ribs needs a good seasoning blend, and this dry rub for ribs is the ULTIMATE seasoning. Trust me on this. This post is consistently our #1 post on the entire Hey Grill Hey site because it is complete and utter perfection.

I’ve been smoking and grilling ribs for years and wanted to create a dry rub for ribs that was versatile enough to use in any rib application. This spice mix is the perfect mix of sweet and savory with some secret ingredients that add punch and pizazz so you can amp up that BBQ flavor, no matter how you’re cooking your ribs. This rib rub is fantastic on its own, you don’t even need sauce!

Ingredients for rib rub in a mixing bowl.

Rib Rub

Let’s talk about the building blocks of a good rib rub. I think the best rib rubs start with sugar as a base. Pork and sweet were just made to go together. From there, you’ll see recipes with salt and pepper plus a mix of things that are custom to each pitmaster. I like to add in smoked paprika for a boost of wood-fired flavor as well as a gorgeous red color that pops. Onion and garlic are classic flavor enhancers. Ground mustard ends up in almost all of my rubs as a punchy, almost acidic note of brightness.

My secret ingredients in my rib rub are cinnamon and celery salt. The cinnamon adds this lip-smacking quality that people can’t identify when eating it, but it keeps them coming back for more and more. The celery salt is the perfect earthy balance to the sweet brown sugar. Balance is crucial in a good dry rub for ribs!

This rib rub has been so popular on the site, we decided to bottle it up and sell it in the Hey Grill Hey Store. If you want to save yourself some time, snag a bottle of this amazing Hey Grill Hey Rib Rub shipped directly to your door!

Rib rub in a mixing bowl.

Ingredients for Rib Rub

Here’s exactly what you’ll need to snag from the pantry or the store to make this dry rub for ribs:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Once you have all your ingredients assembled, combine them all in a mixing bowl, using a fork to break up any clumps.

Store your rib rub in air-tight glass containers (I buy ones like these online) and they will last at least a month. You may need to shake or mix to break up and brown sugar clumps.

Rib rub being sprinkled on a rack of ribs.

More Dry Rub Recipes

Making your own rubs at home is easy and delicious. Check out some other homemade rubs from Hey Grill Hey below.

Rib Rub Recipe

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This post was originally published in December 2018. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

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Best Dry Rub for Ribs

By: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
4.96 from 167 votes
This dry rub for ribs will amplify the flavor on any rack of ribs you cook. I've packed classic BBQ flavors into my rib rub recipe so you get finger-licking results!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Servings10 people

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Ingredients
 

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Make the rub. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Use a fork to crush any clumps of sugar or seasonings.
  • Use or store. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 584mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Chelle says:

    Used this rub for Memorial day. Came out great and got a lot of compliments from the family!