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Texas Beef Rib Rub

This Texas beef rib rub is your best bet for making flavorful low and slow cooked beef ribs. This simple rub has the top three most important flavoring components used in Texas BBQ beef: salt, black pepper, and garlic. If you want to make perfect barbecue beef ribs, start with this rub!

Texas-beef-rib rub

When smoke roasting beef ribs, it is best to layer the flavors as you go. Start with a good seasoning like this Texas beef rib rub, then add wood chunks or chips like hickory, oak, or maple to the fire. Use a BBQ spritz (particularly with large beef plate ribs) after the first hour of cooking to keep the ribs from drying out. You’ll end up with savory, moist, and tender beef ribs!

Beef rib rub ingredients

  • Coarse salt: Kosher or sea salt
  • Ground black pepper: For best results use coarse ground black pepper for this rub recipe. You can either grind your own or purchase 16-gauge black pepper online or at your local grocery store.
  • Granulated Garlic: One of the easiest ways to add savory flavor to a rub is by adding garlic. While granulated garlic is recommended for this recipe, you can certainly substitute with 2 teaspoons garlic powder instead.
  • Smoked Paprika: Just a little bit, don’t worry. If you are not a fan of smoked paprika, simply omit it from the bee rib rub.
  • Cayenne: This is completely optional. It adds a nice depth to the rub but you can substitute it with chipotle chili powder or jalapeno powder.

How to make Texas beef rib rub

  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl and apply 1 tablespoon per pound of meat. You can also place the rub in a shaker. See below for details.
  • You can double or triple this recipe and store rub in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to one year.
  • Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
Seasoned beef ribs on a smoker

Shaker method

No need to remove the membrane from the back of the beef ribs. Some backyard chefs do, and some don’t. We typically leave on the membrane. Combine the rub ingredients and either transfer to a large spice shaker and apply, or apply it by hand without a shaker. Get a good even coating (without overpacking) onto the meat section, including the sides. Cook the beef ribs as directed.


Texas Beef Rib Rub

The best smoked beef ribs start with the right rub. Our Texas Beef Rib Rub adds the option of extra heat but sticks to tradition. The next time you fire up the smoker or pellet grill for some beef ribs, give this rib rub recipe a try. You won't be disappointed.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: African spice rub, beef rib rub, beef ribs, rib rubs, texas barbecue, Texas beef rib rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.33 cup
Calories: 14kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne optional


  • Combine ingredients in a small bowl and apply only what is needed to meat. Whatever stick to the meat, is all you need. Cook ribs as directed.
  • You can double or triple this recipe and store rub in an air tight container in the cupboard for up to one year.
  • Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.


Calories: 14kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3490mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 528IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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One response to “Texas Beef Rib Rub”

  1. 5 stars
    I always click straight to the recipes looking for something new for the family, and ya’ll have some very delicious looking recipes. The beef rib rub ingredients sounds really good for grilling and adding new favor. Thanks for sharing!

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