Homemade BBQ Rib Rub - For Grilling and
Caramelizing Your Ribs to Perfection

With this BBQ rib rub you'll soon be firing up the barbecue and grilling your ribs until the caramelized meat falls off the bone. A fairly simple blend of mainly spices and a couple of dried herbs, it only takes minutes to make and will add fab flavour and season beautifully.

Note: I use a few whole spices for this barbecue rub which I then grind. If you don't have them all, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities by roughly half. So if it says 2 tablespoons peppercorns, you use 1 tablespoon ground pepper. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well.

BBQ Rib Rub Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 10-11 tablespoons)

3 tbsp smoked paprika (or regular)
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp coriander seeds (cilantro)
2 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1 tbsp garlic powder
4 tsp dried oregano
4 tsp chili powder
4 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, sugar, peppercorns, coriander and mustard seeds
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the cinnamon, chili, garlic and paprika powders
  • Crumble in the dried oregano and thyme and give another stir

Store this barbecue rib rub in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: To get more flavours out of the ingredients, dry toasting the peppercorns, coriander and mustard seeds before cooling and grinding may be worth thinking about.

This simple process only takes a few extra minutes and is highly recommended.

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