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Secret Weapon Rib Rub

My secret weapon to making the best ribs on the block.
Prep Time15 mins
Resting Time8 hrs
Course: condiments, Main Course, Meat
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cooking, dinner, grilling, meat, rib rub, ribs, roasting, rub, supper


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika I liked using smoked paprika, but regular works just as well.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper If you are sensitive to heat, substitute chipotle chili powder instead, or just leave out.


  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or jar.
  • Sprinkle or spoon seasoning mix onto ribs, rubbing to distribute evenly.
  • Repeat on back side of the rack of ribs.
  • Place on cookie sheet and cover tightly with foil.
  • Let sit in refrigerator for 8-12 hours.