Texas Pork Rib Rub

Yes, they cook pork ribs in Texas and have for a very long time! While Texas is famous for brisket and beef ribs, they have so much more going on here. This Texas Pork Rib Rub balances out sweet and heat perfectly. This rub recipe makes enough for 1-2 rack of ribs, so a double or triple this recipe based on your needs.

List of Ingredients:

-Light brown sugar: We're not looking for a deep molasses flavor with this rub, so light brown sugar is the way to go. If you'd like to omit the sugar altogether, feel free to do so.
-Paprika: Plain and smoked: Look for plain paprika found on most grocery store shelves. This recipe calls 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika as well. If you are not a fan, simply substitute with plain paprika.
-Chili powder: You'll need a mild chili powder with deep earthy flavors. Available at your local grocery store.
-Onion powder and granulated garlic: The two savory items. Granulated garlic works best in seasoning rubs, but if all you have is garlic powder, use it instead.
-Salt: Use coarse salt like sea salt or kosher salt.
-Black pepper: Fine grind is fine
-Mexican oregano: This type of oregano is a bit different from Italian oregano in that it contains lemon undertones. If you cannot find this type of oregano, substitute it with Italian oregano.
Cayenne pepper: The heat that dances with the sweet. This rub recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, but you can reduce or increase the amount to suit your needs.

Using this Texas Pork Rib Rub:

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

Place all of the ingredients into a small bowl and combine well. Scoop mixture into a shaker or apply by hand on all exposed surfaces.

Photo by: Sabrina Baksh

After you have removed the membrane from the back of the ribs and season well with the rub. Cook as directed.

Make up a large portion of this rub and store it in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 1 year after preparation.

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Texas Pork Rib Rub

Yes, they cook pork ribs in Texas and have for a very long time. While Texas is famous for Brisket, there is so much more going on there. This Texas Pork Rib Rub puts together a great balance of sweet and heat. This recipe is the right amount for one rack of ribs. Adjust the amount of Cayenne Pepper to suit your need for heat.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: pork rub, rib rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Rack of Ribs
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Derrick Riches


  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper more as desired
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano


  • Mix all seasoning ingredients together in a bowl. Apply to meat and cook as directed. If making spice rub ahead of time, store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 6 months after preparation. Double or triple this recipe and save for later use. Discard any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4937mg | Potassium: 613mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 7155IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 4mg

Looking for more ideas? See my list of the best BBQ Pork Rib Rubs.

Want to cook the perfect Ribs regardless of the equipment you own? Try my methods for:

How to Cook Barbecue Ribs

Not everyone has a big serious smoker. But that doesn't mean you can't make great barbecue ribs. Try these methods for the equipment you have and combine with the Texas Pork Rib Rub.

Apply your spice rubs like a professional with a spice shaker (aka Dredge). This one from Winware has a heavy build, is machine washable and holds plenty of spice rub. Plus it costs about $7. Just make sure you don't use this to store your rubs. It isn't airtight.

Texas Pork Rib Rub

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