Let's whip together a super simple, super flavorful dry rub for ribs, with minimal ingredients.
This smoked ribs rub is really versatile, so you can make any modifications wherever you see fit.
If you prefer your rubs with a little more kick, try adding a pinch of cayenne pepper to the mix.
This is our go-to rub for all our favorite smoked rib recipes!
How To Make The Best Dry Rub For Ribs
With just six dry ingredients, you can make this recipe in under two minutes. It works well for spare ribs or baby back ribs.
- Brown sugar. For a subtle sweetness to balance the savory and spice. It also adds caramelization to the ribs when smoking.
- Garlic powder. For a savory, aromatic flavor.
- Smoked paprika. To add some rich, smoky depth.
- Onion powder. For a gentle, sweet onion flavor.
- Salt & pepper. Every BBQ recipe calls for some salt and pepper!
1. Combine all six ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed together.
2. Apply liberally all over your favorite ribs!
- If you want a bit of heat, add some jalapeño powder to the mix. Here's the one I use—16 oz. can last a long time.
- Store rub in a plastic BBQ shaker for up to a month.
What To Serve With Dry Rub For Ribs
- This homemade rub goes perfectly with ribs, of course! Try our 3-2-1 rib recipe.
- Plastic spice jars. I store all of my homemade rubs in these jars.
Other Rubs To Try
The Best Dry Rub For Ribs
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Combine all six ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until well mixed together.
- Apply liberally all over your favorite ribs!