Rib Rub???

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by danbono, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All What is your "GO TO" rub for ribs?
    I'm stuck between Oakridge Sweet and there Competition pork, and Simply Marvelous,Cherry-Spicy Apple-and Sweet Seduction.
    Also going with Blue Hogs Original Sauce.
    Thanks for your opinions
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Me I use Garlic, onion, cayenne, for the over night wrap, and just before the grill irs salt and a slight coating of light brown sugar to get that candy coating  like and M&M. It makes 'em moist and a touch of sweetness.

    Let the pork taste like pork.

    I understand though that Jeffs rub is really awesome.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2014
  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    Hi Dan.  I use a few homemade rubs on pork, including Jeff's Rub Recipe which is good on most anything.  For pork, I've been using Memphis Magic Dust a lot lately...it has become one of my favorite pork rubs:

    Memphis Magic Dust Rub Recipe


     3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

     3/4 cup white sugar

     1/2 cup paprika

     1/4 cup Morton's kosher salt

     1/4 cup garlic powder

     2 tablespoons ground black pepper

     2 tablespoons ground ginger powder

     2 tablespoons onion powder

     2 teaspoons rosemary powder

    Yield, makes about 3 cups.

  4. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Thanks for the fast replies.I was thinkng more for a store bought rub, either Oakridge, or Simply Marvelous.

    Thanks Dan

    PS Both rubs sound great
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2014
  5. Love that rub it's great on chicken too
  6. d-train

    d-train Fire Starter

    I mixed up a batch of that and used it on a couple racks of baby backs. It came out way to sweet for my liking. It was like candied ribs lol. Maybe i botched the recipe when i mixed it up. Or its likely just a matter of taste. Do you find it heavy on the sweet side?
  7. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    HI All I think I'm going with,Simply Marvelous,Cherry-Spicy Apple-and Sweet Seduction.Also going with Blue Hogs Original Sauce.

    Any one use these lately?

    Thanks Dan
  8. mtm29575

    mtm29575 Smoke Blower

    I use a homemade rub, very close to the the Big Bob Gibson rub. I just tweaked it to my liking. I would like to find a really good commercial rub to try, so I'm really interested in this thread.
  9. d-train

    d-train Fire Starter

    I used Lil & Tooters fancy dry rub, but haven't been able to find it in the last year or so. It was some of the best, if not THE best pork rub ive ever had. I usually mixed it will some Zarda but and it was phenomenal on loin back ribs. They also have a meat tonic sauce that is exquisite as well. Other than that, the Hasty Bake rub is pretty hard to beat as far as a commercial rub is concerned. I'd like to hear others favorite rubs as well.  
  10. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    You're right...it is a little sweeter than some - although I don't think exceedingly so.  At my house I have to accommodate the tastes of Mrs. Red (happy wife - happy life!).  I like Jeff's rub a lot on just about everything, including ribs and pork butt...but she says it's too spicy for her (even after I have toned it down some).

  11. sgtmonte

    sgtmonte Fire Starter

    For Pork, I've been using Bad Byron's Butt Rub or Jeff's rub.

    I use my own concoction for Chicken.
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The most important thing about rub is applying it properly. Always rub counter clockwise. It has to do with the geomagnetic forces. Since we are north of the equator the earths force is in a counter clockwise direction, which means the magnetic forces at the meat are clockwise. That's the reason that when dropped meat falls,  two dissimilar forces compelling attraction which we all call gravity (opposites attract). Therefore to get the rub to this same state you must rub it counter clockwise to insure it magnetic attraction. I have some ocean front property near Denver for sale also....... Maybe a bridge in LA? Maybe you'd contribute to the fund so we can pay off the Lincoln Memorial?

    I always wait to the last min to do a light dusting of light brown sugar on pork. Of course you rub it in counter clockwise and it liquefies. It encapsulates the meat and when caramelization forms a hard candy shell like and M&M, (you can't see it or feel it when done lightly). Thereby holding moisture in to keep that meat more juicy. It doesn't take much, when done right you can't taste it either. I also do my salt at the same time. As salt is a dehydrator, its naturally removes the moisture from the meat.

    Of course before my rub I allow it to sit open in the reefer or on the cabinet with a fan long enough to all the ribs to become tacky, its a fancy work something like "pellicle". It really does help the rubs hold on as well as the smoke absorption with any type meat.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014
  13. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    ??? what was that all about?

    Thanks Dan
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  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The first paragraph is just a joke.

    The second two I do. I don't use mustard or oil to hold spices on, there is really no need, its called a rub, not a paste. AND the salt and sugar are best left till last on any rub. I usually rub the day before, then again just before putting the meat on the fire.

    If you don't now, try it and see what you think. I prefer a meat taste that is highlighted by a small bit of spice/herb/smoke, I I don't want it lost in the seasonings.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2014
  16. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    [​IMG]  FH, that cracked me up!

    The OP just mentioned ribs, didn't say whether pork or beef.

    For pork ribs my favorite store bought rub is McCormick Sweet & Smoky.  Pricy this time of year, but when I want to just reach in the cabinet and throw something on ribs instead of mixing my own, that's what I reach for.  I stock up in the summer when you can get a 4.76 oz container for $3.50 or less.  I looked just the other day because I'm almost out and it was $4.89.  I'll wait and use up rubs I've already put together. 

    For beef ribs I like SPOG.  Simple and lets the beef shine.

    For either pork or beef ribs when I want something a little different I use a recipe I found online and modified slightly.  It's close to but different than McC S&S.  It is a Coffee-Chili Rub.  Go lightly though because a little goes a long way on both pork and beef ribs and too much will overpower the meat.  Great on butts too, probably my favorite for pulled pork.    

    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup black pepper
    1/4 cup of finely ground dark coffee
    1/4 cup smoked paprika 
    2 Tbs kosher salt
    1 Tbs pasilla chili powder

    2 tsp granulated garlic

    2 tsp onion powder
    2 tsp of cinnamon
    2 tsp cumin
    2 tsp allspice
  17. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    I used to coat ribs in a ton of rub (brown sugar and paprika base) and I always found that my ribs were over-spiced and powdery.  Lately I've been doing more of a Texas-style rub with a heavy black pepper base.

    1/2 cup black pepper.

    1/4 cup salt.

    1.5 tbsp brown sugar.

    1.5 tbsp paprika.

    1 tbsp garlic powder.

    1 tbsp onion powder.

    This rub seemed to be a winner for me.  Instead of caking the rub on, I now use a shaker and just dust the ribs.  I want my rub to compliment the meat, not form a thick bark that just tastes like a bunch of spices.  Just my personal preference I have learned from my own experiences.

    These same ingredients are what I use for boston butts, but I just double everything except the black pepper.
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2014
  18. Hey HB  like your rub. I have a bunch of different recipes depends on what I am in the mood for.  As you know with me I keep it pretty basic on Brisket.  But that's what everyone seems to like.

    Weather starting to feel a little more like spring, even though it was 39 here this morning. Trying to get my garden tilled and ready, supposed to have have rain this afternoon and tomorrow.

    Gary S
  19. I use Jeff's rub for many things, but I also use "Adams Ultimate Rubb" which is made in Garner, NC.

    www.ribrubb.com.  It works nicely with pork and, well what ever I have used it for in the MES 40.
  20. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    I, too, have been trying to be more basic with my spices - especially on beef.  The recent tri tips I have done are just olive oil, salt/pepper, and smoke.  I need to get out and do a brisket when I have a whole Saturday...

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