When you have an amazing dry rub mix for ribs, you’ll don’t even need to use the BBQ sauce. You might be shocked by this statement, by I promise you it’s true!
I know there’s much debate out there if ribs should be served just with a dry rub for pork ribs, with barbecue sauce, or if the ribs should have both dry rub and sauce. What camp do you usually fall in?
Up until recently, we always put both the dry rub mix and barbecue sauce on our pork ribs, but now that we’ve cut sugar from our diet and came up with a savory and high flavor rub mix for pork ribs, we don’t even add any sauce.
And we’ll kid you not, this definitely makes the best dry rub mix for ribs in our trying to be humble opinion.
We also made this dry rub mix without sugar and we used stevia as a sweetener instead. By chance you’re fine with a little sugar and don’t have stevia on hand, you can add in 2 tsp of white or brown sugar as a substitute.
We absolutely love to cook ribs in all sorts of ways, wether it be in a crockpot, on the grill, in an instant pot or oven baked. This dry rub mix is especially our favorite for making baby back ribs.
The baby back ribs in the photo below were baked in the oven with only a dry rub mix. This mix would taste fantastic on chicken too!
Pork Ribs Recipe Ideas:
Dry Rub for Pork Ribs
The ingredient list for the dry rub mix is listed below, by chance you don’t have all of this in your cupboard already, shopping for spices in the grocery story bulk section is the cheapest way to buy dried herbs and spices.
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground garlic
1 Tbsp ground onion powder
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
2 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp stevia (or 2 tsp sugar or brown sugar)
To make the dry rub mix, you simply put all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined. Easy peasy!
This recipe makes 7 Tablespoons of dry rub mix, you’ll need 2+ Tbsp per pork ribs recipe.
Storing Dry Rub Mix
Storing your dry rub for pork ribs works well in a 4 oz small mason jar. Ground spices last up to 2 to 3 years before they start losing their flavor, so this rub should last that long as well.
Although, I highly doubt you’ll be keeping your rub mix in the pantry that long, since I’m sure you’ll be using it up quickly since it simply makes the best ribs!
We use 1/4 cup of rib mix for one rack baby back ribs, we used a little less for our country style ribs since we also add sauce to that recipe.
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- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp ground garlic
- 1 Tbsp ground onion powder
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 Tbsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp stevia (or 2 tsp sugar or brown sugar)
- Put all of the ingredients in a small bowl and mix until combined
- Store in a 4 oz jar for up to 2-3 years, until it starts losing flavor.
- The recipe makes 7 Tablespoons of dry rub for pork, most recipes will call for 1-2 Tablespoons of dry rub mixture.