Porker's Rib Seasoning Recipe

Rib Rub

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 3/4 cups (40 servings)

This rub is perfect for all kinds of pork, including ribs, pork chops, or Carolina-style pulled pork. The recipe imitates the dry rub used by Cary Bringle "Peg Leg Porker" at his Nashville barbecue restaurant.

One important tip is that you should not apply your spice rub too early before you start cooking. If you do, it will cause the pork to develop a ham-like flavor, and not in a good way. Apply this rub right before the pork hits the smoker.

If you use a mop sauce while your ribs are cooking, it's best to apply it with a spray bottle so you don't disturb the rub. Otherwise, use a barbecue mop tool to apply it gently.

You may like this rub so much that you'll use it to season chicken, brisket, fish, and wild game.


  • 2 cups paprika
  • 3/4 cup lemon pepper
  • 3/4 cup ​brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup white pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/4 cup chili powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Mix all of the ingredients and store the rib seasoning in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

  3. Apply the rub to pork with a shaker right before it goes into the smoker, charcoal grillgas grill, or oven. Apply the rub evenly over ribs. The general rule is what sticks is the perfect amount.


  • The rub should be good for six months. Store it in a shaker can for easy application when you are ready to barbecue.