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Rib Rub Recipe
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Rib Rub Recipe

While creating a great tasting and well-balanced rib rub might seem like a simple task, it is actually a complex process that takes a bit of practice to master. 

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rib Rub
Servings: 1


  • A True to Size Teaspoon
  • A True to Size Tablespoon
  • A Large Mixing Bowl
  • High-Quality Whisk
  • An Air Tight Container
  • High-Quality Rub Ingredients
  • Unscented Hand Soap


  • 1


    Tightly Packed Brown Sugar

  • 1/2

    Cup Smoked Paprika Powder

  • 2 1/2


    Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

  • 2 1/2


    Freshly Ground Black Pepper

  • 1 1/2


    Ground Onion Powder

  • 1 1/2


    Ground Chili Powder

  • 1 1/2


    Ground Garlic Powder

  • 1


    Ground Mustard Powder

  • 1


    Ground Cayenne Pepper


  • Take out a large mixing bowl and add into it all of the aforementioned ingredients.

  • Use a bowl large enough that the ingredients only take up about one-third of the vessel, as this will give you adequate space to thoroughly mix the blend without spilling ingredients over the edge.

  • Using a high-quality metal whisk, thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together until all of the rub blend ingredients are evenly dispersed. 

  • Don't solely rely on a vision based assessment of the blend to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed, rather dip your little finger into it and do one or several taste tests to evaluate it.

  • This is the most important step in creating a master rub blend, so blend the ingredients together as best as you can.

  • Store your mixed rib rub blend in glass mason jars with airtight lids.

  • When filling these glass jars with your blend, always make sure to leave at least a third to a quarter of empty space at the top of the jar.

  • This will give you enough space needed to manually shake the blend up in the event that the ingredients have settled.

  • If you do not plan to use your rib rub right away then be sure to store it in a dark and cool place, which will preserve the flavor integrity of your ingredients.

  • Exposing your rib rub ingredients to heat or direct sunlight can significantly age the ingredients and reduce the flavor of your overall blend.

  • If you plan to apply your rib rub blend to your ​rack of ribs immediately, then be sure to keep your mason jar away from your BBQ, grill, or any other sources of heat or moisture.

  • We strongly recommend that you pour the needed rub amount into a separate bowl, then place the mason jar back into a cool dark place.

  • It is better to draw the rub ingredients from a bowl then direct from your mason jar, otherwise, you can ruin your blend by exposing it to moisture or the elements.