Mouthwatering Memphis Rub

Memphis rub
Claire Cohen
Ratings (111)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes: 2 cups (serves 16)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
34 Calories
1g Fat
7g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Makes: 2 cups (serves 16)
Amount per serving
Calories 34
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1379mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 1g
Calcium 41mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Memphis, the rub is considered the most important ingredient aside from the meat. Often ribs are served with only a rub and without sauce. This means that the barbecue rub has to provide all the flavor to make Memphis Style Barbecue. This rub starts with a generous portion of paprika and then builds a slightly spicy but definitely savory profile to help you make the most of your barbecue. Our Memphis rub is particularly good on ribs, but it can be used on any smoked meats. You can also use it for ribs prepared on the grill or in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup/120 mL paprika
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL mild chili powder (use medium or hot to kick up the heat)
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL salt
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL celery seeds
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL cumin
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL ground allspice

Steps to Make It

  1. Mix together all ingredients until well combined. Store in an airtight container. May be stored for up to 6 months if kept in a cool, dry place.

  2. To use, apply rub evenly over ribs. The general rule is what sticks is the perfect amount.