Simple Pork Rib Dry Rub Recipe -
Simple Pork Rib Dry Rub Recipe
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Simple Pork Rib Dry Rub

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"I have used this simple rub to make ribs on the barbi in both Memphis, where I learned, and England, where I now live. The dry rub will stop the ribs from burning on the outside, as happens with some wet sauces. This rub is hot and sweet, which makes it perfect for ribs. The proportions of ingredients can be adjusted to taste. On two continents, I've received nothing but compliments for this recipe. I use this for approximately 2 kilograms ribs. "

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  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix freshly ground black pepper, ground cayenne pepper, dark brown sugar and salt. Rub thoroughly into ribs, using as little or as much as you like, before grilling as desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 30, 2007

Addicted! I use this as a rub on pork loin and pork chops. I adjusted the recipe to 3/4 c. brown sugar, 2 T. Cayenne, 2 T. Black pepper, 1 T. Salt. Goes perfectly with sweet potatoes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 26, 2005

My husband and I like spicy food and hot wings, but man, this is WAY too much!

Mar 10, 2007

This is an excellent recipe! I adjusted it slightly and added garlic powder and onion powder which made the ribs truly spectacular and the flavor was incredible!

Jan 25, 2004

This recipe did just what it claimed to do and more. Easy to prepare - no muss, no fuss. No burnt spots on the pork ribs, even after being on the BBQ for 45 minutes. Held all the juices inside, by far the juiciest ribs I've ever BBQ'd. The best compliment came from my 8 year old who could not get enough -- she even gave up her dessert to have more of these ribs... and that is a 1st for her to eat my BBQ ribs like that.

Jan 27, 2004

I altered the recipe a bit, for one I didn't have cayenne pepper and I left my recipe on my desk, so what I could remember was the brown sugar and peppers. I did 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup black pepper, 1/4 cup Montreal Steak Seasoning, rubbed it on and grilled 5 mins (top/bottom) and served. Yummy! I would have left out the salt even if I remembered because I don't use salt in my recipies unless it's cookies. Thanks for sharing this great recipie!! I wonder if it works as good with chicken!! I'll try it!

Jan 25, 2004

This was a fantastic version of the country style ribs!! I had no cayenne pepper so I substituted Pampered Chef Cajun Seasoning. It was pretty spicy at first however after a few bites the flavor was great. I baked them in the oven and they were sooooo juicy.

Jan 27, 2004

Great, easy recipe if you like SPICY. It certainly made the meat so tender it fell off the bone. I cooked my ribs on a low heat 275, for about 2 hours, then topped with a bottled sauce, the kids like sticky fingers!! I would have given it 5 stars for heat!

Mar 26, 2005



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  • Calories
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 1.4 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 2626 mg
  • 105%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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