Top 10 Barbecue Pork Rubs

While its effect is magical, there isn't any real magic is a great rub. These combinations of seasonings, developed and modified over two decades, enhance the flavors of pork whether it is a low and slow smoked pork shoulder or a couple pork chops grilled over an intense heat. These are my favorite as well as the most popular barbecue pork rubs I have. I hope you enjoy.


Memphis Style Pork Rub

Memphis style is one of the recognized U.S. regional traditions of barbecue that serves up the dry rubbed ribs and relies heavily on deep, rich, paprika filled rubs on their pork. This rub is no different and is designed for slow-cooked roasts. Adjust the cayenne in this recipe to suit your taste buds.

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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 sweet from the sugar. This is enough rub for a large cookout. So if you have several racks or ribs or a couple pork butts to throw on the smoker, then try this one out.

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Basic Barbecue 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 a perfectly flavored pulled pork. It’s also great on ribs. This recipe makes enough rub for 1 pork roast or 2 large racks of ribs.

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Kansas City Rub for Pork

Kansas City is known for their fantastic barbecued ribs. This rub is about as traditional as you can get. Apply this to pork ribs, cook low and slow, and slather will barbecue sauce. Your taste buds will thank you! This recipe makes enough for 3-4 slabs or ribs or 1-2 pork roasts, so adjust ingredients accordingly to suit your needs.

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Hot n’ Spicy Hog Rub

This is a great rub to use on any cut of pork, from chops and ribs to pork butts and even a whole hog. Make sure to increase the recipe so you’ll have enough rub for large cuts.

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Carolina Rub

This is a simple Carolina style 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 a large cook. This recipe will cover 3-4 slabs of ribs.

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Memphis Style Rib Rub

Memphis is known for their “dry” ribs. This just means that the ribs are coated in a seasoning rub and cooked low and slow. No sauce. Just ribs, herbs and spices. This savory rub begins with a generous amount of paprika and extends from there with the addition of earthy ingredients like chili powder, a little cumin, and coriander. While this rub is perfect for ribs, you can use it on other types of meats as well. So, give this one a try next time you fire up the grill or smoker.

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Jamaican Jerk Rub

I’m a huge fan of Jamaican Jerk. This rub will add loads of flavor to ribs, pork chops, roasts, chicken, vegetables, and meat substitutes. While this is meant to be a spicy rub, you can adjust the cayenne called for in this recipe to suit your taste buds.

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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.

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This Egyptian nut and spice mixture is extremely versatile. It can be served as an appetizer along with olive oil and bread or used as a dry or wet rub on meat or vegetables. An incredibly flavorful and perfect addition to any party or cookout.

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