Southwestern Rib Rub Recipe

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This is a very simple rub that takes only a few minutes to put together. I use it on pork ribs but it’s excellent on beef also. Rather than baby back ribs, I like to use this rub with regular meaty spareribs. I grill the ribs for about 1 ½ - 2 hours. This does not make a fall off the bone rib but rather one you can really sink your teeth into. A real carnivore’s delight.

This makes enough rub for about 8-10 pounds of ribs.

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  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup black & white pepper mixed & coarse ground
  • ¼ cup hot paprika
  • 3 Tb Ancho or other pure ground mild chili powder
  • 2 Tb cayenne pepper - I use a milder cayenne @ about 40,000 HU. If you use a hotter cayenne (it comes up to 90,000 HU) decrease to 1 Tb.
  • 2 Tb garlic powder
  • 4 ts ground cumin
  • 1 Tb dried thyme


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Liberally coat ribs and place in a plastic zip lock bag or tightly wrap in plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator from 6 to 24 hours.
  3. Grill over low to medium heat to avoid burning as the rub chars easily.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 282g
Calories 398  
Calories from Fat 101 25%
Total Fat 12.08g 15%
Saturated Fat 1.77g 7%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 56650mg 2360%
Potassium 2621mg 75%
Total Carbs 78.44g 21%
Dietary Fiber 33.1g 110%
Sugars 8.43g 6%
Protein 17.98g 29%
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