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Easy babyback rib rub?

Any good store bought or easy recipes for babybacks? I have a lot of bad Byron's butt rub...but guess that doesnt go so well on ribs?


  • robnybbqrobnybbq Posts: 1,783
    2 tablespoons paprika
    1 tablespoon black pepper
    1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
    1-1/2 teaspoons salt
    1-1/2 teaspoons celery salt
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon dry mustard
    1 teaspoon cumin
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,122
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  • My wife and I refer 50/50 sea salt and course ground black pepper lately.  We also use Famous Dave's Rib rub since they sell it cheep at Menards.  I make Chis Lilly's rub recipe found over on the Virtual Bullet site.  It's another favorite in our house.  If you foil, rubs get washed out in my opinion


  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,522
    I'd expect a butt rub to be good for ribs, but perhaps more sweet than necessary. Cetainly, not bad.

    Brown sugar, salt & pepper will do. If you have some good paprika add that too. Typical recipes are about 1/3 brown sugar (even white sugar will do), sometimes as much as 1/2. Not as much paprika  (a lot of that flavor, even from good Hungarian hot paprika, seems to bake away), a bit less black pepper, and then salt, at least 1/8 of the total volume. Usually there are small quantities of cayenne. I like to use less paprka, and add some good chili powder. Around here, Mexene brand is easy to find. Or, add garlic powder and oregano to the paprika, which are the additional ingredients in most chili powder mixes.

    Beyond those, feel free to add small quantities of any flavor you think might go well on the pork, and with the other flavors. There are pork recipes that use dill, or  caraway, or juniper, but none of those flavors are associated w. 'Q.

  • Here is Chris Lilly's Six-Time World Championship Pork Shoulder Rub from the WVB site
    1/4 cup dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup white sugar
    1/2 cup paprika
    1/3 cup garlic salt
    1/3 cup kosher salt
    1 Tablespoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon black pepper


    Another good one

    Southern Succor Rub from the WVB site
    1/4 cup ground black pepper
    1/4 cup paprika
    1/4 cup Turbinado sugar
    2 Tablespoons table salt
    2 teaspoons dry mustard
    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • WalrusBBQWalrusBBQ Posts: 151
    Wild Willy's Wonderful Rub

    3/4 cup paprika 
    1/4 cup ground black pepper 
    1/4 cup salt 
    1/4 cup sugar 
    2 tablespoons chili powder 
    2 tablespoons garlic powder 
    2 tablespoons onion powder 
    2 teaspoons cayenne 
    Beers & BBQ

  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,280
    bad byrons is good on ribs, its my rub of choice on ribs, pork butt and now brisket because of cen-tex

  • KennyLeeKennyLee Posts: 683

    Here's what I've used for two racks many times and is really good and simple.


    1 1/4 cup brown sugar

    1 tbsp. cayenne

    1 tbsp. black pepper

    1 tbsp. salt


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  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,254
    I like Melissa Cookston's (owner of Memphis BBQ Company, multiple World Championships) recipe.

    I know it's not what she uses in competitions but this is a good one for the back yard, IMO. 
    Knoxville, TN
  • tactical_66tactical_66 Posts: 197
    Today I did baby backs with only salt and pepper for the rub. Glazed with Bone Suckin Sauce. Turned out great.
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