Spare Rib Rub

This sweet and savory spice rub works very well on pork ribs and contains three types of peppers: black, white, and red, for a delicious flavor experience. Use this rub with any method of cooking and you’ll have the best spare ribs of your life.

Spare Rib Rub

Spare Rib Rub

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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: barbecue rub, rib rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Derrick Riches


  • 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


  • 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.
  • To use: apply rub onto the ribs. Do not over season. A general rule of thumb is: what sticks to the meat is all that you need!


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Spare Rib Rub

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