DIY Dry Rib Rub for BBQ Ribs

DIY Dry Rib Rub is quick and easy to make. My secret flavor booster will level up your Baby Back Ribs for your next summer BBQ.

Dry rib rub ingredients

What is in the Dry Rib Rub Seasoning Mix?

This seasoning mix for ribs has only six different spices plus sugar.  Sugar is a crucial ingredient in this rub.  It “glues” all of the spices to the ribs during the oven roasting process.  I think a fair amount melts off into the liquid in the roasting pan.  However, when I’ve cut back on the sugar, the ribs aren’t as flavorful as when I use it.  Remember, the recipe calls for eight tablespoons of sugar.  This is only one tablespoon per rack of ribs.  It sounds like a lot of sugar, but the BBQ sauce adds more sugar by far.  

dry rib rub

The rest of the ingredients are a variety of spices that include onion and garlic powder, paprika, and black pepper. The dried rosemary leaves are a little unusual, but don’t skip them. I will sometimes grind them up into a powder. The powder adds a depth of flavor that the leaves don’t give.  

Finally, my secret ingredient, Umami Powder. Shiitake mushroom powder. This powerful little mushroom is impressive when it comes to boosting and enhancing the flavors. Please make an effort to purchase here) You will be amazed at all the way it enhances the flavor of savory foods.  

Mix all of the ingredients and store in an airtight container. Shelf life is about a year. If you find the seasoning has clumped, break it up before use. 

Baby Back Ribs in a Roasting Pan

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Best Dry Rib Rub Recipe

This Best Rib Rub is the heart and Soul of a great rack of Baby Back Ribs. A generous amount will take your ribs from ho-hum to YUM.
Servings 6 racks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


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  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup Paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp rosemary leaves dried
  • 2 tbsp Umami Powder


  • Mix all the ingredients together and store in an glass jar or airtight contained.
  • Use a generous amount to reason Pork Ribs.
Cost: $2
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dry Rib Rub

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