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Homemade Rib Rub

I've always been partial to Memphis-style ribs. Memphians don't mess around with a lot of sugary sauces. Instead, they favor dry rubs—full-flavored mixtures of paprika, black pepper, and cayenne, with just a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. The rub is massaged into the meat the night before grilling, and additional rub is sprinkled on the ribs at the end of cooking.

Homemade Rib Rub

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Servings: 8


  • 1/4 cup  sweet paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons  teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon  salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  celery salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  garlic powder
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  ground cumin


  • Combine the paprika, black pepper, brown sugar, salt, celery salt, cayenne, garlic powder, dry mustard, and cumin in a small bowl and whisk to mix. Rub two thirds of this mixture over the ribs on both sides, then transfer the ribs to a roasting pan. Cover and let cure, in the refrigerator, for 4 to 8 hours.
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