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Spare Rib Rub

This sweet and savory spare rib rub boasts three types of peppers: black, white, and red, for a delicious flavor experience!

BBQ rub in a white bowl

This simple spare rib rub is one of our favorite homemade spice blend to use on ribs. It’s quick and easy, and uses simple ingredients. What stands out the most about this rub are the three types of peppers. Black pepper lends a mature and complex, rich and floral flavor profile. White pepper is less pungent but hot, while the cayenne offers an element of fiery goodness that pulls it all together.

How much rub to use on pork ribs

Use using 1/2 cup of rub for a full rack of spare ribs, 1/3 cup for St Louis cut, and 1/4 cup of rib rub for baby back ribs.

Can I apply the rub overnight?

It all depends on the flavor profile you’re trying to achieve. We recommend applying the rub 15-90 minutes before cooking. You can leave the rub on for as long as 8-12 hours, but no more. Any longer and the salt will start to cure the meat leaving the ribs tasting like ham.

Rib rub ingredients

Spare rib rub ingredients

 Please see the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Dark brown sugar
  • Paprika (not smoked)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Cayenne pepper

How to make it

  • Combine the rub ingredients in a medium bowl.  Whisk through to break up clumps.
  • Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 6 months.

How to use this spare rib rub

  • Start with a thin coat of binder like yellow mustard, mayonnaise, or oil, applied to the both sides of the rack.
  • Next, apply 1/2 cup of rub for a full rack of spare ribs, 1/3 cup for St. Louis Cut, or 1/4 cup for baby back ribs. 
  • Remember to season the sides of the ribs.
  • Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat.

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Spare Rib Rub

Spare Rib Rub

This simple spare rib rub is one of our favorite homemade rubs. It's quick and easy, and many ingredients are already in our pantry.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: barbecue rub, rib rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 468kcal
Author: Derrick Riches

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper use less if preferred

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store in an airtight container in the cupboard. The mixture can be stored for up to 6 months.
  • See notes section below for how to apply this rub.

Notes

How to apply the rub:
  • Start with a binder like mustard or oil. Some folks swear by mayonnaise. The binder should be thin and applied on the meat side of the ribs.
  • Next, apply 1/2 cup of rub for a full rack of spare ribs, 1/3 cup for St. Louis Cut, or 1/4 cup for baby back ribs. 
  • Season the sides of the ribs too!
  • Do not save any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 119g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 7014mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 109g | Vitamin A: 1599IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 2mg

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