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Chipotle Rib Rub

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Attention spicy food lovers! Elevate your smoked ribs game with this simple yet flavorful homemade Chipotle Rib Rub. With just a few ingredients, you’ll be able to create a delicious rub that will make your taste buds sing!

Chipotle Rib Rub

This chipotle rub will definitely wake you up and keep you energized throughout the meal! If you’re looking for a spicy seasoning with a touch of sweetness for ribs or pork roasts, you have to give this recipe a try. It makes enough rub for 2-3 slabs of ribs. And as always, adjust recipe ingredients to suit your spice level.

What you’ll need

  • Regular chili powder (the mild, earthy American variety)
  • Hot chipotle chili powder (this is the star of the show!)
  • Brown sugar (dark brown preferred)
  • Black pepper (medium grind or 16 gauge)
  • Coarse salt (kosher salt or sea salt)
  • Cayenne
  • White sugar (granulated)
  • Granulated garlic (substitute with garlic powder)
Chipotle rib rub on baby back ribs on the grill

Making and using a chipotle rib rub

  • Combine rub ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  • For finer textured chipotle rib rub. Transfer the mixture to a food processor (or spice grinder) and grind to your preferred consistency.
  • Apply to pork ribs and let stand for 30 minutes before cooking. 
  • Make this chipotle rub ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the cupboard for 3-6 months. 
  • Check on it periodically to ensure the brown sugar has not dried out. Stir it, seal it tightly and return it to the cupboard.
  • Use about 1/4 cup of seasoning mixture on baby backs and up to 1/2 cup for spare ribs. Increase recipe to suit your needs.
  • Discard any chipotle rub that has come into contact with raw meat.

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Chipotle Rib Rub

Chipotle Rib Rub

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: chipotle rib rub, chipotle rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 502kcal


  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne (add more or else to suit tastes)
  • 2 tablespoons hot chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic


  • Combine seasoning rub ingredients in a medium sized bowl, Apply to meat portion of ribs. Remember that what sticks to the meat is all that's needed! Grill, smoke, or bake according to directions.
  • Make this rub ahead of time and store in an air tight container in the cupboard for 3-6 months. Check on it periodically to make sure that the brown sugar has not dried out. Give it a stir, seal tightly and return to the cupboard.
  • Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 114g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 7972mg | Potassium: 1770mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 19779IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 387mg | Iron: 14mg

Looking for more ideas? See my list of the best BBQ Pork Rib Rubs.

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