Hawaiian Pork Rib Rub

This Hawaiian pork rib rub is perfect for smoked pork ribs but can also be used on tenderloin and pork shoulder. Our recipe calls for soy sauce powder which is simply dehydrated soy sauce. You can purchase this at a specialty food store or online at your convenience! 

Our recipe makes enough Hawaiian pork rib rub for two racks of spare ribs or three racks of baby back ribs.


  • Sweet paprika, or regular paprika (avoid smoked or spicy paprika)
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce powder
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic, sub with garlic powder
  • Coarse salt, Hawaiian sea salt preferred but not required
  • Black pepper
Hawaiian Rib Rub

Making and Using Hawaiian Pork Rib Rub:

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and apply evenly to ribs.
  • If making a large batch of rub, store it in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 6 months.
  • Wrapping ribs and pork roasts: If you plan to apply the rub first, then wrap, I recommend doing so for 2 hours with ribs and up to 12 hours with pork roasts—no more than that. 
  • I will also use my Tropical Pork Injection Marinade when making pork roasts with this Hawaiian pork rib rub. They work beautifully together!
  • I love to use this rub when making Pellet Grill Pork Ribs. I’ll finish the ribs off with a pineapple glaze. Simply melt a little pineapple jelly in a pan and brush it on the pork ribs during the last 30 minutes of cook time. Fantastic!
Hawaiian Pork Rub

Hawaiian Pork Rib Rub

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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: pork rub, rib rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.75 Cups


  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic sub with garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt Hawaiian sea salt preferred
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and apply to meat. If you are making ahead of time, store seasoning rub in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 6 months after preparation.


Photo by: Min Ling

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Make this recipe extra authentic with real Hawaiian Sea Salt.

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