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The Best BBQ Rib Rub This sweet and savory BBQ Rib Rub is not just for ribs...use it for pulled pork, shrimp, chicken, or pork chops!

BBQ Rib Rub

You could buy a BBQ Rib Rub in the store that is delicious…but do you know what else is in those rubs?  Corn syrup solids, microcrystalline cellulose, dextrose, and MSG.

It only takes 10 minutes to make your own and avoid all of that junk and save a little money!

This BBQ rib rub is not just for ribs, I love to use is on pulled pork, shrimp, chicken, pork chops, and on grilled corn on the cob.

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HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BBQ RIB RUB

The ingredients in this rib rub recipe are sweetener, kosher salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, turmeric, and chili powder.

If you want the dry rub on the spicy side, you can kick it up with some cayenne.

For the sweetener, I used Swerve to keep this BBQ rib rub keto.  You could also use brown sugar, which is what most rib rubs use.

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When I use this on my oven baked ribs, I apply a generous coat on all sides of the ribs.  Make sure you remove the silver skin on the bony side of the ribs so the rub can actually penetrate into the meat.

To remove that tough skin, grab a piece of it at the corner of the ribs and tug until you get a good hold of it.  You can also use a paper towel so you don’t lose your grip.  The skin should come off in one piece.

Here is a great video showing how to remove the silver skin:

There are some people who like to coat their meat with the BBQ Rib rub the night before, or a few hours before cooking.  This is not necessary, and the salt in the mixture will draw moisture from the meat.  15 minutes in advance is perfectly fine.

I’ve used this rib rub on my Instant Pot Ribs, Instant Pot Pulled Pork, and Oven Baked Ribs.

The Best BBQ Rib Rub Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
 

This sweet and savory BBQ Rib Rub is not just for ribs...use it for pulled pork, shrimp, chicken, or pork chops!

Course: pantry ingredient
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Recipe for the best BBQ rib rub
Ingredients
  • 1/4 Cup Swerve Sweetener or Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight container.  

Recipe Notes
  • The ingredients will cake together if left to sit.  This is from lack of an anti-caking agent.  Simply shake the bottle before use.
  • If using this on ribs, be sure to remove the silver skin before applying the BBQ rib rub.
  • If you want the dry rub on the spicy side, you can kick it up with some cayenne.  

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