Beef rib rub can’t get any easier than this simple dry rub it’s packed with ingredients such as brown sugar, smoked paprika, and garlic powder just to name a few of these spice rub seasonings. You cannot go wrong with your own rub. 

You can lather this over your beef short ribs, spare ribs, chicken, or even your pork ribs. My beef rib rub doesn’t mind. This is also a great way to save on that trip to the local grocery store! Well, without any more waiting. Let’s get into this beef rib rub! 

Beef dry rub

Reasoning For Making Beef Rib Rub

Saving Money- Yes, I had to throw that out there. We all know that the best dry rub in the store can cost anywhere from six to eight dollars. So why not whip up a batch of your own to be able to make for a lifetime? Instant access to your own leftover rub can be pretty empowering.

Perfect For Any Meat- You don’t only have to use this beef rib rub on your racks of beef ribs. You can use this recipe on any type of rib or any of your favorite recipes. This dry rub is the perfect balance.

Last A Good While- 1 cup of rub should take you a lot further unless you will be cooking a large batch of baby back ribs every single day of the week. Then you will need to create a great deal of dry rub for the next time for best results.

Many flavors– You can adjust the dry rub ingredients to meet your needs and flavor. If you want to use a little more garlic powder then by all means do so. This can be done in the recipe card below. Simply, up the serving that you would like.

Ingredients For Beef Rib Rub

  • Chili powder- Adding this to your spice mix will give your recipe a touch of hotness. Not too much and not too little. When it comes to a good spice blend you will need the perfect balance of spices.
  • Garlic powder- When adding in garlic this will add a robust flavor. It also enhances the taste of the rest of the seasonings that I added. You can rest assured that the garlic won’t be too overpowering. It’s distributed evenly amongst the rest of the spices in this rib rub recipe!
  • Onion powder- This is the main ingredient that makes this recipe so versatile. It can be used to help give your meat amazing flavor and also that flavorful crust to your bbq beef ribs!
  • Brown Sugar– You can’t have a beef rib rub without having a good dose of brown sugar in the recipe. It not only enhances the flavor but it adds a subtle texture to your short rib recipe!
  • Fine Salt- This will help in tenderizing the racks of beef ribs. If you are baking something such as prime ribs you are going to want to add a little coarse salt separately. Tender meat is key in any ribs recipe.
  • Smoked paprika– adding this will definitely add a touch of sweetness to your ribs are any meat that you decide to use this beef rib rub on. You can also use cayenne pepper

How To Make Beef Rib Rub & Apply To Ribs

1. In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, salt, and smoked paprika. Mix the ingredients together until well combined. Use a fork or whisk to break up any lumps in the brown sugar.

dry rub for beef ribs

2. Rub the mixture onto the beef ribs along with olive oil, making sure to cover all sides. Use your hands to massage the rub into the meat, ensuring an even coating. Let the ribs sit with the rub on for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to penetrate the meat. For a more intense flavor, you can let them marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

3. Cook the beef ribs according to your preferred method, such as grilling, smoking, or baking. The rub will create a flavorful crust on the meat as it cooks.


Mustard Powder- if you want to spice things up add mustard powder to the actual beef dry rub recipe.  It’s used in beef spice rubs to add tangy flavor, help bind the rub to the meat, aid in crust formation, tenderize the meat, and enhance browning for a delicious and well-seasoned beef dish.

Wet Rub Mixture- Add apple cider vinegar to some of the beef dry rub seasoning along with apple cider to create a tasty wet rub that will pair perfectly with your dry rub recipe.


  • Celery Salt- can be used in place of the salt in this recipe. Celery salt is used in beef dry rub recipes for its unique flavor profile. It adds a savory, slightly bitter, and crisp taste that enhances the overall flavor of the beef. 

Equipment For Beef Rib Rub

A large mixing bowl will be helpful in combining all of the necessary dry ingredients for your dry rub. You will also need measuring spoons to accurately measure the quantities of each ingredient, a set of measuring spoons is essential.

Whisk or Spoon: A whisk or spoon can be used to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together.

 Spice Grinder (Optional): If using whole spices, a spice grinder can be used to grind them into a fine powder before adding them to the rub mixture.

 Airtight Container: Once the rub is prepared, it should be stored in an airtight container to maintain its freshness and flavor.


Note: Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your taste preferences. You can also add other spices or herbs, such as cumin, paprika, or dried herbs, to customize the rub to your liking.


Do you put mustard on ribs before rub? 

This is completely up to you. If you want the ribs to have somewhat of a bitter-sweet taste then I would suggest you add mustard to the ribs but if not then no. It’s your personal preference.

Should you dry rub ribs overnight?

Yes, it is recommended to dry rub ribs overnight. This allows the flavors from the rub to penetrate the meat and enhance its taste. After applying the dry rub, cover the ribs and refrigerate them for at least 8 hours or overnight. This will result in more flavorful and tender ribs when cooked.

When to put rub on ribs?

You should put the rub on the ribs at least an hour before you plan to cook them, but for best results, apply the rub and refrigerate the ribs overnight. This allows the spices in the rub to penetrate the meat more deeply, resulting in a more flavorful dish.

Beef Rib Rub Made In Under 5 Minutes 

Beef rib rub can’t get any easier than this simple dry rub it's packed with ingredients such as brown sugar, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and garlic powder just to name a few of these spice rub seasonings. You cannot go wrong with your own rub. 
Beef dry rub
Author: Ronalyn
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika


  • In a small bowl, combine all the dry ingredients: chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, brown sugar, salt, and smoked paprika.
    2 Tablespoons Chili Powder, 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder, 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder, 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Salt, 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • Mix the ingredients together until well combined.
  • Enjoy!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword beef dry rub, dry rub for beef

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