One of the key staples in a BBQ lover’s repertoire is ribs, and a good dry rub comes along with that. This pork ribs rub adds incredible flavor whilst honoring the natural taste of the meat.
Pork Ribs Rub
A good pork ribs rub contains salt, sugar, and umami flavours. The salt provides a brining effect, particularly if you apply your rub the night before. Whereas the sugar provides a delicious stickiness when you’re smoking your meat, and the umami (or savoury) flavours provide the BBQ taste we all know and love.
Using a pork ribs rub like this combined with a pellet smoker will take your smoked pork to the next level!
For a pork ribs rub recipe that will elevate your ribs to the next level, read on:
How To Make Pork Ribs Rub
- Step 1 – Measure Ingredients
Using measuring spoons or weighing scales, measure out the correct amount of each ingredient.
This batch provides the right amount for approximately 2lbs of meat. If you want to store your rub for later use, scale your measurement sizes appropriately.
- Step 2 – Combine & Mix
Combine all of your ingredients together in a mixing bowl & mix thoroughly until fully combined. During this process, you want to combine so thoroughly that you can’t tell which seasonings have been used (no groupings of any particular seasoning).
- Step 3 – Use Or Store
Use the beef rub immediately by patting your meat carefully yet generously. Remember that rub adds incredible flavor to your meat, so be as liberal as you like with the seasoning.
Although this rub recipe works great on pork ribs, we also recommend trying it on Smoked Beef Short Ribs too for something different.
Alternatively, if you want to keep all or part of your rub for later use, use a funnel to pour your seasoning into an airtight container. If you have a silica anti-moisture pack, place this inside the container to keep the rub fresher for longer. Store your container in a cool, dry place, and your rub can last for months.
Pork Ribs Rub Recipe
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing Bowl
- Funnel (optional – if storing)
- Airtight Container (optional – if storing)
- Anti-Moisture Silica Packet (optional – if storing)
- 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
- Measure out the right amount of each ingredient.
- Combine all ingredients together & mix thoroughly.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container for future use.
Pork Ribs Rub FAQs
Reduce or remove the cayenne pepper from this rub recipe if you’re not a fan of the heat. The other flavors in this rub will still work well together without the spice.
If you want to spice up your ribs, add more cayenne pepper or substitute specialty chili powders to create a specific hot taste. Chipotle chilies are also a popular addition to pork ribs for an extra spicy taste.
We recommend scaling up the recipe to create a larger batch of rub. You can store your rub in an airtight container and use it whenever you need it for up to six months.
This pork rib rub recipe uses smoked paprika to give it a smoky flavour. But you can add other ingredients, like smoked chipotle flakes, to make it even smokier if you wish. Remember that if you’re smoking your ribs, you’ll naturally have a smoky flavour from the smoker too.