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 garlic (granulated)
- 1/4 cup chili powder
Mix all of the ingredients and store the rib seasoning in an airtight container in a cool dark place. It should be good for six months. Store it in a shaker can for easy application when you are ready to barbecue.