A Simple and Delicious Beef Rib Rub

Beef spice rib rub
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 cup (serves 10)
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This rub combines the flavors of sweet and heat. You can adjust the heat by using mild or medium chili powder. If you really want to spice it up, then add an extra tablespoon of cayenne. This is the perfect rub for great BBQ Beef Ribs. Rub can be used in a marinade.  See below for instructions.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup/60 mL paprika
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL mild or medium chili powder
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt

How to Make It

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Apply about 2 tablespoons/30 mL of rub to each side of the rack. Prepare smoker and add ribs. Store rub in an air tight container in a cool, dry place for up 6 months.

2. To use rub in a marinade, simply combine 1/4 cup/60 mL of mixture with 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup acid of some kind such as lime or lemon juice or cider vinegar, plus 2 tablespoons/ mL water.  Mix thoroughly until well dissolved.

 Pour over ribs, cover with plastic wrap, and marinate in refrigerator for 6-12 hours.