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Spice-Rubbed Ribs Recipe

Spice-Rubbed Ribs Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 pound) equals 792 calories, 62 g fat (23 g saturated fat), 245 mg cholesterol, 1,864 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 51 g protein.

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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?"

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!!"

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"I forgot to add that I use smoked paprika"

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."

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."

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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