i did a spreadsheet of all the rub recipes from this site on-time. along with a ratio of 8:3:3:1:1 i noticed some things.
most all start with the basic few spices in differing proportions: sugar,salt,pepper, onion and garlic.
from there add heat to taste. ancho chilli,cayenne, chipotle etc etc
the exotics for flavor: all spice, cooca, coffe , corriander,cumin, ginger etc etc.
here is one of my favorite for ribs.
8 tbs fine ground turbinado or brown sugar
- 3 TBS sea salt -fine
- 3 TBS Hungarian paprika
- 1 TBS cocoa
- 1 tsp Chiplotle
- 1 tsp cayenne 60k
- 1 tsp ancho chile
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- 2 tsp granulated garlic powder
- 2 tsp granulated onion powder
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground clove
- 1 tsp ground white pepper
it's basic and from time time i try new proportions of different spices.