Spice-Rubbed Ribs Recipe
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Spice-Rubbed Ribs Recipe

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For grilling, here's the rub I recommend. It's made with a wonderful blend of spices. If you have some left after making ribs, put it in a shaker and use it another day on pork or beef roasts, tenderloins, steaks and more. It's great alone or under sauce. —Cheryl Ewing, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 1 hour
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Grill: 1 hour
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 4 teaspoons pepper
  • 10 pounds pork baby back ribs

Nutritional Facts

1 pound: 792 calories, 62g fat (23g saturated fat), 245mg cholesterol, 1864mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 51g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the seasonings; rub over ribs.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Grill ribs, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1 hour or until meat is tender, turning occasionally. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Spice-Rubbed Ribs in Country Woman July/August 2006, p41

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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 250162
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2016

"This rub is fantastic. We had baby back ribs and country ribs and used this rub. They cooked on our Big Green Egg three hours at 250 and then wrapped them in foil and cooked another 2 hours. They were literally falling apart good. This rub is the best. Not too hot but a fabulous flavor. This will be our go-to rub recipe from now on.

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cathybuxy User ID: 449274 228850
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"This looks like a great recipe. I have been looking for a spicy rib rub for some time. When we were in Austria, we were served wonderful ribs that were seasoned with a dry rub. They had a kick to it. So good. I am tired of the sweet and honey sauces. Why would you smother the flavors of a rub with a sauce?"

Aidenmaddiemom User ID: 7694521 96986
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2014

"Wow! I baked these at 275 degrees for 1 hour and 250 for three more hours and they were crisp on the outside and falling off of the bone. Delicious!!"

honorthemosthigh User ID: 5241628 164667
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I forgot to add that I use smoked paprika"

honorthemosthigh User ID: 5241628 92675
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I have searched through SOOOOO many rub recipes, this one is wonderful. Simple but with LOTS of flavor. I now have requests to not add BBQ sauce over the rub on ribs and chicken, they just prefer to eat it with the rub."

lfishdialysis User ID: 1529532 159138
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"This is one of the best rib recipes I have ever had although I cut down on the Cayenne Pepper by 50% to make it more kid friendly."

lfishdialysis User ID: 1529532 92674
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2009 Edited Jan. 7, 2010

"I made these and got rave reviews! I baked them first for 2 hours on low heat and then grilled with BBQ sauce. They have quite a kick!!"

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