Best Dry Rub For Ribs

Written by Mike Futia | Updated October 20, 2023

Let's whip together a super simple, super flavorful dry rub for ribs, with minimal ingredients.

This amazing rub goes perfectly on 3-2-1 ribs and smoked spare ribs, and you can put it together in just a few minutes.

dry rub for ribs

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.

rib dry ryb

The Ingredients

  • 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!

The Directions

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.
ribs binder sweat

Storage Tips

What To Serve With Dry Rub For Ribs

  • This homemade rub goes perfectly with ribs, of course! Try our 3-2-1 rib recipe.

Recommended Tools

  • Plastic spice jars. I store all of my homemade rubs in these jars.
dry rub for ribs

The Best Dry Rub For Ribs

Elevate your BBQ game with this simple, flavorful dry rub recipe for rib. Enhance your meats using minimal ingredients for a smoky, savory taste sensation!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 2 ounces
Calories 118 kcal


  • 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!


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 1173mgPotassium: 101mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 498IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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