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Whats your absolute favorite rib rub recipe?

post #1 of 43
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Im still trying to find the right rub for ribs. I have tried every kind my local stores carry with no avail. I have doctored up store bought and made from scratch with recipes from the net. I cant find "the one" yet. I dont want to buy some secrete rub from anywhere, I want to be able to make it at home. Kinda like smoking ribs, I can buy them down the road at the BBQ joint, but I like smoking mine myself. So if anyone has a sweet rub recipe, Im all ears.icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 43
check the rub recipes in the forums. There are plenty of them there.


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post #3 of 43
Im gonna be honest and say Im not a big complicated rub fan. I would try any of them but Im a very simple style smoker and for me its Tony Chacheres, pepper, Good onion powder, paparika and thats it. For chicken its the same but i throw in some lemon pepper. I love sweet BBQ sauce but I dont like the meat itself sweet, and I serve my sauce on the side and hot....Not much help sori
post #4 of 43
I use two. A modified Jeff's and MDM rib rub. You'll have to google it up (MDM)
The amounts of sugar might scare you, but give it a try. My wife is not into sweets that much, but loves MDM on her ribs.
post #5 of 43
Me personally, I use 2 also....Jeff's Rub which you can get when you take the 5 day ecourse, and a modified version of Jeff's Rub

They work well and have an awesome flavor

Good luck
post #6 of 43
I personally do not like a real sweet rub, but the wife and kids love this one. Pretty simple.
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Paprika
1/4 Cup Kosher Salt
2 Tbl Onion Powder
3 Tbl Garlic Powder
2 Tbl White Pepper
2 tsp Cayenne
2 tsp Ground Mustard
1tsp Cumin
4 tsp Cherry Kool-Aid (pre-sweetened) 4tsp NOT Table spoon LOL.

Don't let the koolaid throw you, allot of people use it and it does make a good flavor. Very good on ribs and brisket.
post #7 of 43
i agree, I use some in my rub, and really like it.
post #8 of 43
At this point I use Emeril's spice as a base and add stuff to it. It has a good balance of stuff I want: paprika, onion, garlic, salt, cumin, etc, all in one container. And it's available cheap at BJs. I add brown sugar and ground clove and a couple other things, and I'm done.
post #9 of 43
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post #10 of 43
I have only used one rub and it was Corky's Rib Rub from the restaraunt in Memphis. I also add pepper, seasoning salt, some Daddy Hinkles (Made in Ok). All combined gave a GREAT flavor! When I run out of Corky's I will probably buy Jeff's Rub. I hear it's the best but the guy that told me that is a doosh bag (K5YAC) so I will have to try it myself. lol.
post #11 of 43
i use this.........low sodium - sugar free............but lots 'o flavor!

post #12 of 43
I like to use Wild Willy's Wunderful Rub (just google it) as a starter and adjust from there. I do use blonde turbinado sugar instead of white and I ONLY use kosher salt on meat. Throw your iodized salt away or use it for animal hydes, snails and stuff like that.
post #13 of 43
If you read 10 different internet sources or bbq books, most basic rubs for ribs are the same ingredients in varying quantities.

Since you said you tried dozens of rub recipe or store bough rubs, there is little point in sharing mine because it is a basic rub with the same basic ingredients. I do play with the amounts of those ingredients, and sometimes even get wild and change one or two with something new. I buy all those basic ingredients in the Sams or Costco bulk bottles, and judging from the prices I see for store bought rub I am saving a lot of money. As for taste, no one has complained yet..

So please keep trying and when you discover that perfect blend of spices for your ultimate rub, share it so we all can giver er a taste.
post #14 of 43
I don't maybe you can call me lazy but my favorite rubs are store bought. The first one is Old Bay like the seafood seasoning but it's a real rub.
Then the other one is from alittle town called Lake City FL. and it'd called contrty's boyz rub and it's a local favorite rub and I like it.
post #15 of 43
So far I've been more than happy with Jeffs. I used a recipe I found in Outside (yeah, of all places) magazine about 10 years ago for Eisenhowers Ribs. Haven't been able to find it again, but would like to.
post #16 of 43
I use a rub called JB's FatBoy. Very good. A little kick of spicy,just right, not to much!
post #17 of 43
Here;s mine that I concocted over time. My family n I like it alot. have used on: ribs, butts, pork loins, brisket, poultry. give er a try.

FMCowboys – Al Purpose BBQ Rub

2 T Kosher Salt
3 T Brown Sugar
2 T Granulated Garlic
1 tsp Onion Powder
3 T Spanish Paprika
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 T Gr. Black Pepper
½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp Gr. White pepper

1/2tsp dry mustard
1 tsp gr. Cumin

Mix well and store. Rub liberally on any meat then smoke.
post #18 of 43
Our favorite is the apple rub that I posted in this forum, but I continue to try new rubs occasionally. More recently I tried Magic Dust which is pretty good and also have bought some Bad Byron's but upon initial taste test I don't think I will use on anything but Butt's. Hog's Blues is pretty decent as well.

Lot's of good commercial rubs out there these days.
post #19 of 43
Lately I've been buying Kroger Grill Mate dry marinade, inexpensive and comes in several flavors.
post #20 of 43
For pork ribs I like to use this:


I still haven't found or come up with anything that satisfies me for beef ribs yet.
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