I made a rub for my ribs and did it Texas style. Lots of black pepper, it has a nice kick to it but for most people in the area I live in this will be a tad too spicy. My rub consists 1 part salt, 2 parts black pepper, some paprika for color and a little bit of garlic and onion powder. When I use the rub on my ribs the way I can tell how much I put on it is by the black color of the pepper. It makes sense that using less rub is the solution, right? Because if I change the ratio and add some more of the other spices, I am still going to check for the color of the pepper on my ribs and if I go for the same color that means I used just as much pepper as last time=same amount of heat. The answer is probably really obvious, but I am kind of confused. Maybe I am overthinking it. Anyway, some help would be appreciated. Thanks!