Pork Ribs Rub

All BBQ enthusiasts cook ribs. It’s one of the staples.

But finding a delicious rub to go with it can sometimes be a challenge. Getting the flavor combination right to honor the meat isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, people have been making dry rubs for pork ruins for many years. And in that time, they’ve come up with a formula that works.

The basic elements of a pork ribs dry rub are salt, sugar, and umami flavors.

The salt helps to give the meat a nice brining effect, especially if you prep it the day before.

The sugar gives it a stickiness as it smokes. And the umami imparts that classic BBQ flavor you love.

As with all rubs, this recipe is incredibly easy. And once you’ve made it, the job is done. You can just store it in a container and whip it out whenever you need it.

The recipe below is what you’ll need for about 2 lbs of pork ribs. But if you want to make more, just multiply all the ingredients by the same factor.

Want to make enough rub for 4lbs of ribs? Just double the ingredients. Easy!


¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sea salt
¼ brown sugar


Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together, ensuring that you distribute them evenly.

Then either sprinkle over your meat for the BBQ or store them in a container.

For storage, we recommend placing the mix in an airtight, lockable jar.

If you plan on making a big batch, we also suggest including an anti-moisture silica pack. This addition will prevent clumping later on.

As you can see, this recipe is incredibly easy. And once you have it, you’re able to use it whenever you like.

It’s usually a one-off job for the year (if you make enough of it).

How do I make my ribs less spicy?

Making your ribs less spicy is easy. Just eliminate the cayenne pepper.

You can also make it spicier by adding extra cayenne pepper. Adding other types of specialty chili powders lets you create a specific type of hot taste.

Chipotle chilies are a popular addition to pork ribs for a spicy flavor.

How do I make a big batch of pork ribs dry rub?

Making a big batch of pork ribs dry rub is super simple. Just multiply the ingredient quantities above.

Remember, there are three teaspoons to a tablespoon and four tablespoons to a quarter cup. Once you know that, you can start using ingredients by the cupful.

How can I make my pork rub smokier?

This pork rub recipe uses smoked paprika to give it a smoky flavor. But you can add other ingredients, like smoked chipotle flakes, to make it even smokier.

If you’re still not happy, you can add liquid smoke during cooking.

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