Memphis Style Pork Rub

Memphis style is one of the recognized U.S. regional traditions of barbecue that serves up the dry rubbed ribs and relies heavily on deep, rich, paprika filled rubs on their pork. This rub is no different. Designed for slow-cooked roasts and ribs, this rub packs in the flavor. Adjust the cayenne in this recipe to suit your taste buds.

Memphis Style Pork Rub

Memphis Style Pork Rub

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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 11 Cups


  • 1/3 cup paprika (not smoked)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice


  • Mix together all of the rub ingredients in a bowl. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 1 year after preparation.
  • This recipe makes enough for 1 large pork roast or 2-3 slabs of ribs.
  • Double of triple the recipe to store for later use. Discard any rub that may have come into contact with raw meat.


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Memphis Style Pork Rub