Clay's Kitchen : Spice, Seasoning and Rub Recipes

Spice, Seasoning and Rub Recipes

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Dave's Memphis Rib Rub

Recipe from: Chef #1056668
Servings: Enough for 6 racks of ribs

The ultimate rub for both Memphis and St Louis Style ribs. Rub the ribs at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours before smoking.

1 cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unbleached cane sugar
½ cup kosher salt
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
1 teaspoon five-spice powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon cilantro
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
1 tablespoon peppercorn
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon lemon peel
1 teaspoon cumin seed

Grind peppercorns, mustard, lemon peel, and cumin seed. Mix with all other ingredients and rub both sides of ribs, heavier on top. Smoke at 225°F for 4 to 6 hours or cook in a covered roasting pan in a 275°F oven for 4 hours. Finish on a medium hot grill, basting with BBQ sauce until dark brown and well glazed.


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