Barbecue Dry Rub Recipe for Pork by the BBQ Pit Boys

This is a classic Dry Rub recipe for pork ribs, butts, loins, and chops. Start with this recipe and then adjust the ingredients, spices, and quantities to make it your own special barbeque rub.

Mix together 1/4 cup Paprika, 1/8 cup Fresh Ground Black Pepper, 1-2 tablespoons Garlic Powder, 1-2 tablespoons Onion Powder, 1 tablespoon or more Cayenne Pepper, 1/4 cup Coarse Salt. 1/4 cup Brown or White Sugar.

Adjust quantities or add additional ingredients to make this your own secret barbecue dry rub recipe. Will lightly coat up to 6 lbs. Pork Ribs and 10 lbs. Pork Butt or Pork Roast. -BBQ Pit Boys

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26 replies
  1. Bruce Jeffcott
    Bruce Jeffcott says:

    A trick for u guys and gals is not to add any salt to the rub! Yes you need salt but add salt according to meat wieght. Roughly a teaspoon of kosher per pound.
    The reason being is that your rub might be heaven on pulled pork, but to salty for ribs.
    So if you keep salt out… You can use the same rub on almost everything without worrying about the amount of salt.
    Also.. when doing your math for salt, you minus the bone weight or it will still be too salty.

  2. Baelzar
    Baelzar says:

    Trying this in my sous vide setup right now. I substituted Ideal sweetener for the sugar; I'll letcha know how it turned out. Thanks for putting it in TEXT on the screen, made it easy.


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