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Memphis Style Rib Rub

User Rating 3.5 Star Rating (7 Reviews)


Memphis Dry Ribs
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In Memphis, ribs are traditionally served up dry. This doesn't mean that the meat is tough and dried out, there just isn't a barbecue sauce. This traditional Memphis barbecue rub recipe is the base of a great rack of pork ribs and one of my most popular rib rubs. You can adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Makes about 3/4 cup or 180 mL


  • 1/4 cup/60 mL paprika
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL salt
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL cayenne


Mix ingredients together. Store in an airtight container. Spread evenly on prepared ribs that have been patted dry and let sit until the rub appears moist.
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 4 out of 5
, Member heidi.tice

So in a way, thank you to the other reviewer, because I didn't use the cayenne powder. Although, I wouldn't have used that much anyway because I know it's SO hot. I also tasted it before I put it on the meat (beef for my family) and added 1 tablespoon of garlic salt, because I thought it was missing something. I think it would actually taste better with some of the cayenne in it, but in my family we have young children and some sensitive stomachs. So I ( and family) like it!!

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