Pork Rib Rub Recipe - Season, Flavour and
Add Fabulous Aromas to Your Grilling

If ribs are on the menu, then this pork rib rub recipe is the one to choose. A fairly basic blend of spices, it'll flavour, season and add mouthwatering aromas to your slow-grilled meat and it only takes minutes to make. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 8-9 tablespoons)

3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp paprika powder
2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp black peppercorns
4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp mustard powder
2-3 tsp salt (see note 2 below)
1 tsp turmeric powder
6-8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves
  • Grind the bay pieces along with the salt, sugar, peppercorns and cumin seeds
  • Add to a bowl
  • Finally, stir in the cayenne, garlic, paprika, mustard and turmeric powders

Store this dry rub for ribs in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: Dry toasting the peppercorns and cumin seeds before grinding and mixing with the powders is worth doing to extract even more flavours from them. Click here for photos and a video showing you how to do this. (Link opens in new window) 

Note 2: Whilst you can use regular table salt for this recipe and it'll still taste fab, I recommend using a quality sea, rock or kosher salt. Not only is it healthier, it will taste better!

Ingredient Note: For the best flavour, I recommend using whole spices when you can for this pork rib rub recipe. Sometimes this is not possible as you may not have them. If so just use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities in the recipe by half. So for 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any other ingredients you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.

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