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Spice-Rubbed Ribs

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


  • 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


  • In a small bowl, combine the seasonings; rub over ribs.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 pound: 792 calories, 62g fat (23g saturated fat), 245mg cholesterol, 1864mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 51g protein.

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  • KMB719
    Aug 6, 2019

    Very tasty!! Prepared recipe as directed except we coated ribs several hours before grilling and wrapped in plastic wrap to infuse into the meat. Good balance of ingredients but will add a little more cayenne pepper for more 'kick' the next time. We used grill sheets and they worked very well. Kept down flare ups and didn't affect the flavor. We warmed up some Cookie's original BBQ sauce for dipping and served with a side cucumber salad and corn on the cob. The meal was a huge hit!!

  • marcibanes
    Mar 1, 2018

    This is a fantastic recipe for a rub. I made it up for my son to use in a BBQ rib cook-off and he did quite well in the competition.

  • MarineMom_texas
    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.Volunteer Field Editor

  • cathybuxy
    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
    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!!

  • RebeccaCherven
    Aug 11, 2013

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  • honorthemosthigh
    May 26, 2013

    I forgot to add that I use smoked paprika

  • honorthemosthigh
    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
    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
    Jun 16, 2009

    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!!