Rib Rub Recipe - Seasoning, Flavouring and
Caramelizing For Grilled Rib Perfection

The grill is fired up and now all you need is a homemade rib rub for cooking the tastiest ribs. Easy to make, this sweet blend of tasty spices and herbs and a little brown sugar will flavour, season and caramelize your meat to perfection and only takes minutes to make! (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

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

3 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp chili powder (hot or mild)
4 tsp black peppercorns
4 tsp dried sage
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp salt (see note 2 below)
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp whole cloves
6-8 dried bay leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Crumble the bay leaves
  • Grind the bay pieces along with the sugar, rosemary, cumin, peppercorns, cloves and salt
  • Add to a bowl
  • Stir in the onion, garlic, mustard, paprika and chili powders. Combine thoroughly
  • Finally, crumble in the dried sage. Stir again

Store your dry rub for ribs in a cool place, in an airtight jar and away from direct sunlight. Use within 3 months before making up a fresh amount

Note: You could dry toast the cumin, clove and peppercorns for a few minutes before grinding and combining. The heat from the dry toasting releases the most fabulous flavours and aromas and is recommended if you have the time

Click here for step-by-step tips and photos on this easy to do cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

Note 2: If you have them, I recommend using a quality rock/sea/kosher salt as they're less processed and therefore healthier. However you can happily use regular table salt if that's all you have available.

Ingredient Note: To get the best from this dry rib rub, I recommend you use certain whole spices if you have them available. However, if you don't have them, use pre-ground powders and reduce the amount the recipe requires by roughly half. So for 2 tablespoons of whole cumin you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. 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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