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Chipotle Rib Rub

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Attention spicy food lovers! This easy homemade Chipotle Rib Rub will add a powerful flavor boost to smoked ribs.

Chipotle rib rub on baby back ribs on the grill
Chipotle Rib Rub

This chipotle rub will definitely wake you up and keep you energized throughout the meal! This mixture 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
  • Hot chipotle chili powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Black pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • Cayenne
  • White sugar
  • Granulated garlic

How to make and use this chipotle rib rub

  • Combine seasoning 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.
  • Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
Chipotle rib rub on baby back ribs on the grill

Chipotle Rib Rub

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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 Cups
Calories: 502kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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.

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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