Best Dry Rub for Ribs

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AngryBBQ Rib Rub in Smoker
Smoked Ribs with Rub

My friend Brad Korber was kind enough to lend another recipe to our site. He created this homemade rib rub over several years drawing inspiration from various cooking shows. I recently published Brad’s BBQ sauce recipe where I explain how Brad is a “Foodie” and someone to listen to when it comes to finding the right restaurants in any city. His recipe obviously goes well with pork ribs but also chicken, so this is quite a universal rub. I even put it on my chopped, foil cooked BBQ potatoes.

Here is what Brad had to say about his rub recipe:

“Not much story to the rub other than watching food channel for years and trying stuff over and over to get the right mix.  I usually don’t measure so I whipped up a batch with actual measurements to offer this to you…..a great rub for ribs, whether smoking, or slow roasting and finishing on the grill.  I make no suggestions of how much to use, it depends on the method and your own preference (whether you like heavy rub or just a light dusting).”

AngryBBQ Rib Rub on Babyback Ribs
Rib Rub applied on Baby Back Ribs

I’ve bought amazing rib rubs from local BBQ joints before and I feel Brads is as good, or better. He figured out the secret ingredients that work so well for pork and chicken. I believe those ingredients are Chinese 5-Spice and ginger. They take the rub in a great direction which helps compliment pork and chicken.


  1. Mixing Bowl
  2. Measuring Cup
  3. Fork
  4. Spice Shaker


  1. 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  2. 1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
  3. 1/4 Cup Onion Powder
  4. 1/4 Cup Lowry’s Seasoning Salt
  5. 1/4 Cup Paprika (not smoked paprika)
  6. 1-2 TBSP Cayenne (add to taste)
  7. 2 TBSP Kosher Salt
  8. 2 TBSP Fine Ground Pepper
  9. 1/2 TBSP Ginger Powder
  10. 1/2 TBSP Chinese 5-Spice (this is one of those spices that makes all the difference – adds a depth and unique flavor)


  1. Measure all ingredients to exact portions.
  2. Add to a mixing bowl and use a fork to mix together. Make sure all brown sugar lumps are pressed out.
  3. Add to a Spice Shaker for easy application.
Homemade Rib Rub Ingredients
Measured Ingredients
Fork Mixing Rib Rub
Use a Fork to Mix
Finished Rib Rub
Finished Rib Rub

Enjoy the rub and experiment with it. I find it tastes great on potatoes, popcorn, our pork belly burnt ends, chicken wings, and pork tenderloin. It’s very universal and will probably become a staple in your household. Enjoy!

Homemade Rib Rub Ingredients
Print Recipe
4.34 from 6 votes

Dry Rub Recipe for Ribs

Universal Rib and Chicken Rub that rivals the best Pitmasters secret recipe. I use it on pork ribs, chicken, potatoes, and popcorn.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, BBQ, rub, spices
Keyword: best rib rub, chicken rub, popcorn seasoning, potato seasoning, rib rub
Servings: 30
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Michael Haas
Cost: $10


  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Fork
  • Spice Shaker


  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Lowry’s Seasoning Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Paprika not smoked paprika
  • 2 TBSP Cayenne add to taste, this will add some heat
  • 2 TBSP Kosher Salt
  • 2 TBSP Fine Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 TBSP Ginger Powder
  • 1/2 TBSP Chinese 5-Spice this is one of those spices that makes all the difference- adds a depth and unique flavor


  • Measure all ingredients to exact portions.
    Homemade Rib Rub Ingredients
  • Add to a mixing bowl and use a fork to mix together. Make sure all brown sugar lumps are pressed out.
    Fork Mixing Rib Rub
  • Add to a Spice Shaker for easy application.
    Large spice shaker


Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1411mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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8 thoughts on “Best Dry Rub for Ribs”

  1. 3 stars
    Ive made this recipe twice now. The cooking instruction are good. The dry rub recipe is awful. The Chinese 5-spice is WAY overpowering. . .like. . .inedibly so. The next time, I put 1/4 of the amount called for. Better. . .edible. . .but still not good.

  2. I must say that the flavor in this recipe is outstanding. I have never smoked ribs before, and they turned out excellent with this recipe, and the 3-2-1 method.

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