BBQ Dry Rub Recipe

I’m a big fan of Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork.  I cant say I’ve every traveled anywhere that’s known for it’s BBQ like Memphis or Kansas City – but I do make a killer slab of ribs.

In my opinion – ribs start with a good dry rub recipe.  You decide if you want to baste on BBQ sauce or not – sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t – I do have a tried and true technique tho – if you’re wondering how to cook ribs on the grill!

BBQ Dry Rub

Author Carrie Hill


  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp black pepper


  1. Mix all of this together in a mason jar and store in a dark place.
  2. If you don't have smoked paprika, just double up on the regular paprika.
  3. If you don't like your ribs a bit spicy - leave out the cayenne or cut back on it a bit. My husband doesnt think this rub is spicy, and he has a wimpy palate 🙂
  4. I use about 1/4 of this recipe on one slab of baby back or St. Lous style ribs.