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Best Dry Rub For Ribs

5 from 19 votes
Published on 04/05/2024 by Umamiology
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The best dry rub for ribs is bold in flavor and creates a delicious crust for your smoked meats. In this recipe, I’ll reveal my personal blend of spices and herbs that’ll guarantee your ribs (and meats) achieve the perfect balance of savory, smoky, and spicy flavors, enhancing the meat without overpowering it.

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When you think of perfectly smoked 12 Hour Hold Texas-Style Brisket or juicy Smoked Turkey, you know that the dry rub plays a big part in making that smoked meat delicious!

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Not only does the dry rub season the meat and highlight its natural umami flavor, but it also forms that nice, crusty and flavorful bark on the meat, that gives it that signature crunch and smokey depth.

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Luckily, this perfect dry rub for ribs recipe combines the sweetness of brown sugar, spiciness of smoked paprika, garlic and onion powder for depth of flavor, chili powder for heat, and other dried spices to create an incredible flavor profile and irresistible crust.

And not only is this the best dry rub for ribs (for pork ribs, baby back ribs, or beef ribs), but it’s also versatile enough to go on steaks, smoked brisket, perfectly moist chicken breast and even fish, like sweet soy smoked salmon.

Key Elements Of This Recipe

  • Coarse Black Pepper: This forms that nice crust on the outside of the meat
  • Ground Coffee: Balances out that meaty smell
  • Smoked Paprika: Provides that rich earthy and smokey flavor

The Ingredients for Best Dry Rub For Ribs

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The Equipment Needed

  • Shaker Bottle

How To Make The Best Dry Rub For Ribs

Making this dry rub is incredibly simple.

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Add all of the ingredients into a shaker bottle (or any large bottle with enough room to shake the spices).

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Give it a good shake – until all ingredients are fully mixed.

How To Use The Best Dry Rub For Ribs

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When ready to use, simply shake (or sprinkle) the dry rub on top of your meat from a height of at least 6 inches, so that the rub disperses evenly as it drops onto the meat.

How To Store Your Dry Rub

Storing your dry rub is easy. Simply put it in a dry and air tight container (like these spice jars), and keep it in your pantry for up to 6 months.

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Best Dry Rub For Ribs

5 from 19 votes
The best dry rub for ribs is bold in flavor and creates a delicious crust for your smoked meats. In this recipe, I'll reveal my personal blend of spices and herbs that'll guarantee your ribs (and meats) achieve the perfect balance of savory, smoky, and spicy flavors, enhancing the meat without overpowering it.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
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Equipment

  • Shaker Bottle

Ingredients 

Instructions 

How To Make The Best Dry Rub For Ribs

  • Making this dry rub is incredibly simple.
  • Add all of the ingredients into a shaker bottle (or any large bottle with enough room to shake the spices).
  • Give it a good shake – until all ingredients are fully mixed.

How To Use The Best Dry Rub For Ribs

  • When ready to use, simply shake (or sprinkle) the dry rub on top of your meat from a height of at least 6 inches, so that the rub disperses evenly as it drops onto the meat.

How To Store Your Dry Rub

  • Storing your dry rub is easy. Simply put it in a dry and air tight container (like these spice jars), and keep it in your pantry for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 4836mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1695IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What do I use this dry rub on?

This rub is not only good on ribs, but it’s also versatile enough to go on steaks, smoked brisket, perfectly moist chicken breast and even fish, like sweet soy smoked salmon.

How do I get that nice bark on my smoked meats?

Pick a dry rub that is heavy in coarse black pepper, like this perfect dry rub for ribs and apply it liberally all over your meat.

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