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Barbecue Ribs Dry Rub Recipes

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Barbecue Ribs slowly smoked over a wood fire is like a work of art! There are several different traditional rubs used to cook ribs. A rub is a combination of spices, seasonings and herbs that add flavor and texture to meats. There are both wet rubs and dry rubs, but for now, we are going to cover dry bbq rib rubs.

Creating your own barbecue rib rub is both easy and fun. Be sure to experiment, add, mix, and match ingredients until you find something that you are very happy to call your own. Rubs can be sweet, savory, spicy, hot, and of course, perfectly suited to your tastes. Creating the rub that is right for you can seem like a difficult task but it is well worth the time and you will be happy to be able to brag that the ribs everyone is eating have your own special dry rub. If for some reason you would rather not make your own rub, there are plenty of packaged dry rub rubs out there, just be sure to check them all out to see which on you prefer. This might give you a good reason to have ribs once a week for awhile, until you find that perfect rub!

Kansas City Rib Rub:
Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1/4 cup paprika
• 1 tablespoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 teaspoon cayenne

Memphis Rib Rub:
Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons paprika
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1 tablespoon onion powder
• 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons cayenne

Carolina Rib Rub:

Ingredients:
• 2 tablespoons salt
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons ground cumin
• 2 tablespoons chili powder
• 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
• 1/4 cup paprika

Good Rib Rub:

Ingredients:
1/3 cup paprika
3 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground basil
2 tablespoons red pepper
1 tablespoon black pepper

Porker’s Rib Rub:

Ingredients:
2 cups paprika
3/4 cup lemon pepper
1/4 cup coarse ground black pepper
1/4 cup white pepper
1/4 cup onion salt
1/4 cup granulated garlic
1/4 cup chili powder
3/4 cup brown sugar

All of these rubs should be hand rubbed onto your ribs and completely cover them. Let it soak into your meat as long as possible. A barbecue sauce can be used with a dry rub, however, try them without the sauce too, as the dry rub can give the ribs the entire flavor they need!

There are a few things you should keep in mind. Once you find a rub recipe that you like, you can make it in larger quantities and store it is sealable dry storage. Some people think salt will dry out meat. This is possible, but when used in large quantities and over time. Using salt in your rib rub will not dry them out. I personally like to use pickling salt in my rubs. It is cheap and readily available in most grocery stores. I also like to apply the salt on the ribs and let it soak in for around 24 hours if possible. If this is not an option, salt the ribs first, and let it soak in as long as possible while you are preparing your fire and other stuff. If you do salt your ribs first, as I choose too, you might want to reduce the amount of salt in your rib rub. Also, rubs that contain sugar are prone to burning at high temps, so beware. However, it is nice to get the ribs hot enough to melt the sugar and make a nice caramelized crust on your ribs.

Experimenting with your own bbq rib rub is sure to be fun. Be sure to take into consideration who you are cooking for, and if a spicy rub is ok for everyone. Maybe you should cook a rack of spicy dry rubbed ribs and a rack of sweet dry rubbed ribs. Two racks of ribs are always better than one! Also, it never hurts to try some of those barbecue rib rubs being sold out there, just to compare taste and get new ideals. As always, have fun and enjoy your new rub on a nice juicy rack of slow cooked ribs!

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