Pork Ribs Rub

Pork Rib Rub

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 Recipe

A good pork ribs rub contains salt, sugar, and umami flavors. 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 savory) flavors provide the BBQ taste we all know and love.

For a pork ribs rub recipe that will elevate your ribs to the next level, read on:

  1. Measure out the right amount of each ingredient.
  2. Combine all ingredients together & mix thoroughly.
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for future use.

How To Make Pork Ribs Rub

This pork ribs rub recipe creates enough seasoning for around 2lbs of meat, but we recommend scaling up the measurements to create enough seasoning to store for later use.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Wood Flavour: N/A
  • Cooking Temperature: N/A
  • Servings: 2lb of meat

Required Tools

  • 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

Making Pork Ribs Rub

  1. Measure out the right amount of each ingredient.
  2. Combine all ingredients together & mix thoroughly.
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for future use.
Pork Rib Rub
Pork Rib Rub

Making Pork Ribs Rub

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.

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).

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 FAQs

How Do I Make My Ribs Less Spicy?

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.

How Do I Make My Ribs Spicier?

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.

How Do I Make A Big Batch Of Pork Ribs Dry Rub?

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.

How Can I Make My Pork Ribs 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 wish. Remember that if you’re smoking your ribs, you’ll naturally have a smoky flavor from the smoker too.

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