7 Delicious Dry Rubs for Pulled Pork and Ribs

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Our Very Own Barbecue Pork Rub

A good friend of mine is an expert in the art of barbecue and has spent many years perfecting his recipes. We all like our own unique spin on rubs, or at least we should.

Here is that spin I’ve put on my dry rub. It’s the same recipe that I use whenever I smoke a pork shoulder. It can also be used on a pork tenderloin or even rib meat.

When making this recipe, I typically quadruple the amounts, measure each individual ingredient separately, and then mix them all together. Then I add about a quarter-cup of dark brown sugar. That gives it the right amount of sweet.

Next, I add a dash of salt and pepper. Lastly, I add a little bit of cayenne to give it that spicy kick.

Dry Rib Rub (With a Couple of Secret Ingredients from an Experienced Pitmaster)

Most rubs for pulled pork and ribs contain salt, sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, freshly ground black pepper, and curry powder. Some contain a lot of chili powder, which can have too much of a dominant flavor and unless you’re from the south, it can be hard to find. In my dry rib rub I used a bit of the sweet, spicy, and savory combo that I see in many rib rubs but I also added a couple secret ingredients from an experienced pitmaster.

Here is the recipe:

  • Alton Brown’s Southern BBQ Dry Rub
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet Hungarian paprika (I couldn’t find this, so I used regular paprika)
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper (I didn’t have this)
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons ground sage (I couldn’t find this)
  • 2 teaspoons ground marjoram
  • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground celery seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder (I didn’t have this)

Meatheads World Famous Memphis Dust Rub

The Meathead's Method For Pork is a step by step site which has step by step instructions to guarantee succulent pulled pork. The Meathead method makes use of a dry rub before you smoke your meats. The rub consists of paprika, black pepper, granulated garlic, kosher salt, brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper.

1 tbsp. bottle of ribs

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Less than 1 tbsp. rib rub

The rub for pork is most used on pork but it can also be used on chicken and beef. And you will only need a small amount to give your meat that smoked gun-barrel flavor.

Mix the bone along with all the ingredients in a large bowl and rub the mixture onto all sides of the meat. Set your mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour before popping into the oven to cook.

How to Mix:

1 tbsp mustard

1 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

2 tbsp. water

2 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. cracked black pepper

1 tbsp. paprika

1/4 Cup Salt

3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Kansas City Style Dry Rub

This basic barbecue rub recipe pairs nicely with pork but can be used with other proteins such as chicken, beef, or shrimp. Sweet and spicy, it’s every barbecue lover’s dream.


  • – cup brown sugar
  • – cup paprika
  • – cup white sugar
  • – cup pepper
  • – cup salt
  • – cup ground cumin
  • – cup chili powder
  • – cup ground coriander
  • – cup garlic powder
  • – cup onion powder

The Ultimate Dry Rub – Which You Can Really Use on Anything!

{1}. The Sweet and Spicy Rub
{2}. The Classic Dry Rub
{3}. The Smokey and Savory Rub
{4}. The Ranch Dry Rub
{5}. The Southwest Dry Rub
{6}. The BBQ Dry Rub
{7}. The Cajun Dry Rub

Texas Style Dry Barbecue Rub

Combine the following ingredients to create an incredible dry barbecue rub for pulled pork and ribs :

  • 1tbsp chili powder
  • 1tbsp brown sugar
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1tsp coarse ground black pepper

Pit Boss 5 Series Vertical Pellet Smoker Review




The Pit Boss 5 Series Vertical Pellet Smoker is a great outdoor item to have around. As a grill it’s a beast, using 1 lb pellets that burn for about 6 hours giving you enough fuel for a good night’s cooking and feeding. Unlike some of the other vertical BBQ smokers out there, the Pit Boss 5 Series is designed to be completely portable. The large wheels allow easy movement and the special tie-down system in the back of the cart make this smoker super stable during use.

The uniqueness of Pit Boss 5 Series is the fact that it’s designed to be used in two ways. It can either be set up vertically in a trailer hitch like a trailer above, or it can be used as a traditional horizontal smoker like a horizontal smoker.

Let’s take a look at what you get in the box.