Barbecue Rib Rub Recipe - Season,
Flavour and Caramelize Your Ribs!

With its tasty blend of brown sugar, spices and herbs, this barbecue rib rub is just the thing if you're grilling your meat. A quick-n-easy-blend to make, the sugar will slowly melt and caramelize your ribs whilst seasoning and flavouring perfectly. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

Note: I advise using a few whole spices when making your seasonings as these will add the best flavour. However, if you don't have all of them to hand just use quality pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe requires by half. For example, for 4 teaspoons of peppercorns you would use 2 teaspoons of ground pepper. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

Homemade Barbecue Rib Rub

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

6 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp mustard powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp cayenne pepper
4 tsp dried thyme
4 tsp black peppercorns
2-3 tsp sea salt
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, sugar, peppercorns and cumin
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the paprika, mustard, garlic, cayenne, onion and cinnamon powders
  • Finally, crumble in the thyme. Combine thoroughly

Store your BBQ rib rub in an airtight jar, in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: You could dry toast the peppercorns and cumin seeds before grinding and combining with the other ingredients for even more flavour. Click here for tips and photos on this recommended cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

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