Chipotle Rib Rub

For those of you that love spicy food, this Chipotle Rib Rub will add a powerful punch to barbecued ribs. It’ll definitely wake you up and keep you energized throughout the meal! This mixture is enough for 2-3 slabs of ribs. Adjust recipe ingredients to suit your spice level.

Hot n' Spicy Rib Rub

Chipotle Rib Rub

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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups


  • 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 red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 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.


Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

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Chipotle Rib Rub