Beef Rib Rub

This beef rib rub is your best bet for flavorful low and slow cooked beef ribs. The salt balances the sweetness, and the layers of heat are deep and bright and add a little kick. If you want the perfect barbecue beef ribs, this rub is the ideal place to start.

When cooking meat low and slow, it is best to layer the flavors as you go. Start with a good seasoning like this beef rib rub. From there, add wood chunks or chips like hickory, oak, or maple to the fire. Use a BBQ spritz after the first hour of cook time to keeps ribs from drying out, and of course, finish it all off with a good barbecue sauce. Of course, the sauce is not required! 

What you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Coarse salt: Kosher or sea salt
  • Brown sugar: There are two types to choose from; dark and light brown sugar. We recommend using dark brown sugar as it contains more molasses and has a deep rich flavor. However, light brown sugar will work in a pinch.
  • Paprika: Use the standard sweet paprika found in most grocery stores. 
  • Chili powder: Use a standard mild chili powder. However, if you’d like a deeper, richer beef rib rub, use dark chili powder. Both are available at local grocery chains.
  • Ground black pepper: Fresh grind versus pre-ground. This is a matter of personal choice and time. If you have a pepper grinder, aim for medium or fine ground black pepper.
  • Cayenne: Keep your heat tolerance in mind. While this recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of cayenne, that doesn’t mean you can’t adjust it to suit your taste buds. If you are heat intolerant, use 1 teaspoon or less; if you love spicy foods, add a little more.
  • Garlic powder: One of the easiest ways to add savory flavor to a rub is by adding garlic powder. You can also substitute with granulated garlic if needed.

How to use this Beef Rib Rub:

You do not need to remove the membrane from the back of the beef ribs. Some outdoor cooking experts do, and some don’t. We typically leave on the membrane. Combine the beef rib rub ingredients and either transfer to a large spice shaker or apply it by hand. Coat the meat section and sides well, and cook as directed. 

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Beef Rib Rub

This rub is designed to put real barbecue flavor into beef ribs. The salt balances the sweet, and the layers of heat make for a delicious flavor that is deep and bright, with a little kick. If you want the perfect barbecue beef ribs, this rub is the place to start.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: barbecue ribs, barbecue rub, beef ribs, rib rubs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cup
Author: Derrick Riches


  • 1/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder mild or medium
  • 2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder


  • Combine all ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Apply to beef roast as needed. Remember that what sticks is all you'll need
  • Make up a large batch and store in an air tight container for future cooks. Take only what you need. Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat.


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