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Tennessee Rubdown Recipe
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Tennessee Rubdown

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"A rub for all meats, but we use mainly ribs in Tennessee. Brown sugar, ground peppers and spices are blended to bring out the full flavor of whatever you decide to toss on the grill!"

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    8 hrs 5 mins


  1. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, ground black pepper, paprika, chile powder, ground white pepper, crushed red pepper, salt and garlic powder. Rub meat vigorously and wrap in foil. Refrigerate at least 8 hours, or overnight, before grilling with barbeque sauce.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 22, 2007

This rub was fantastic...I used it on skinless thighs..Only thing different I did was after marinating all nite, I poured some olive oil on top and worked it into the rub...refrigerated again till that evening...The meat was so moist and tender with a great flavor...cant wait to try on my ribs...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 31, 2011

The pepper overpowered all of the other flavors.

Oct 12, 2008

I've used this rib rub many times while grilling or baking ribs and they always turn out great. I bought my first smoker this weekend and used this rub on a rack of spareribs, the rub combined with the smoke flavor made some of the best ribs I've ever had! I highly recommend this rub!

Jul 21, 2007

This was a great rub, we used it on pork chops. I left out the white pepper, and I'm glad I did, otherwise it would have gotten too spicy. This rub will become a staple in our house.

May 28, 2006

This is a great rub that went well on ribs as well as chicken. Thanks!

Feb 14, 2011

Really good. Kinda bitter and not sweet enough for me, but still really good. It's spicy so keep that in mind if you're feeding children.

Mar 19, 2008

Perfect just as submitted! My family doesn't find it too spicy at all--the flavor it gives meat is perfect. Makes the BEST ribs. A summer staple at our house!

Feb 10, 2008

I make this rub every time I smoke pork. Puts a great bark on the outside. Also excellent on steak if you like a Montreal flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 76 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.5 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 2642 mg
  • 106%

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

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