To make great pork ribs, smoked, grilled, or baked, you need a great pork rib rub. These Top 10 Pork Rib Rubs I have collected here reflect a wide range of styles and flavor profiles. I am certain that one or more will be perfect for you. A good pork rib should taste like pork, but it should have layers of flavor on top of that. A good spice rub is the place to start.
Remember the rule of rubs. What sticks is the amount you need. Most of these recipes are scaled to be the right amount for a single rack. Sprinkle the rub over the meaty side of the ribs. And don't be too concerned with the bone side.
The Ultimate Magic Dust Rub
This is one of my favorite seasoning rubs for ribs and pork roasts. It has so many earthy flavors but is tempered by a little sweetness from the sugar. This is enough rub for a large cookout. So if you have several racks of ribs or a couple of pork butts to throw on the smoker, then try this one out.
Kansas City Rub for Pork
Kansas City is known for a sweeter flavored barbecue. This rub takes a good dose of sweet in the form of brown sugar and then adds in just the right amount of heat and salt. If you are looking for a traditional Kansas City style pork rib, then this is the place to start building that flavor profile.
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.
Basic Pork Rub
If you’re new to low and slow barbecue, I suggest starting off with this rub. It has all the key ingredients for perfectly flavored pork ribs. It’s also great on any pork, including pulled pork. This recipe makes enough rub for about 2 large racks of ribs.
Memphis Sytle Rib Rub
Traditionally, Memphis ribs are served without sauce, though you can certainly get it there. But the secret to Memphis ribs is all in the rub. Here you find something sweet and spicy with a good foundation of herbs and spices. This is what builds the flavor as well as the crusty bark on the surface of the meat. This Memphis Style Rib Rub is packed with flavor and one of my personal favorites.
All Time Best Pork Rub
This wet rub is my all-time favorite and is sure to become yours. It's great on anything from large pork roasts, to ribs, chops, and tenderloin. Whether you're grilling, smoking, baking, or cooking on a stove top, this rub will do the trick.
A simple Carolina Rub recipe that can be used on anything from ribs to chops, roasts to whole hog. Remember to increase the recipe if you are planning to cook a large amount. This recipe will cover 3-4 slabs of ribs. One trick for using this rub is to slather a thin layer of yellow mustard over the meat before sprinkling it with the rub.
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.
Hawaiian Pork Rib Rub
Hawaiian style pork stands firmly on the pork flavor. With a spice rub like this to enhance the flavors, you can keep it simple and yet make something spectacular. Use this Hawaiian Pork Rib Rub on any cut of pork, but it is scaled to a single full rack of ribs. Double, triple or more for the number of racks you are cooking.
Hot n’ Spicy Rib Rub
For those of you that love spicy food, this Hot n’ Spicy Rib Rub will add one heck of a kick to barbecued ribs. It’ll wake you up and keep you energized! This mixture is enough for 2-3 slabs of ribs. Adjust recipe accordingly to suit your tastes.
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 any of the Top 10 Pork Rib Rubs
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.