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 and 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)

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

4 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp paprika powder
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 salt (see note 2)
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the salt, sugar, peppercorns and cumin
  • Once ground add to a bowl
  • Add the paprika, mustard, garlic, cayenne, onion and cinnamon powders to the bowl and combine well
  • Finally, crumble in the dried 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)

Note 2: You could use any salt for this barbecue rub recipe, however, I do recommend using a good quality salt: sea/rock/flakes etc as these are a bit less processed and I think add better flavours to your finished recipe. If you only have table salt just use that as I sometimes do and you'll still have a fab tasting blend. OR, if you're on a low sodium diet, you can reduce the amount you use, or simply leave it out altogether if you prefer.

Ingredients Note: I advise using a few whole spices when making your barbecue rib rub 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.

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