Porker's Rib Seasoning Recipe

Rib Rub

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 40 servings
Yield: 4 3/4 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
42 Calories
1g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 40
Amount per serving
Calories 42
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1374mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 188mg 4%
*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.)

This rub is perfect for all kinds of pork, including ribs, pork chops, or Carolina-style pulled pork. The pork riblet seasoning recipe imitates the dry rub used by Cary Bringle "Peg Leg Porker" at his Nashville barbecue restaurant. A mixture of spices and seasonings such as brown sugar, lemon pepper, paprika, chili powder, and others, this recipe is perfect for deliciously seasoned ribs. 

One important tip is that you should not apply your spice rub too early to season your pork ribs 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. A mop sauce can help add even more flavor to your ribs and also can keep the ribs from drying out as they're cooking.

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 freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup freshly ground 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—paprika, lemon pepper, brown sugar, black pepper, white pepper, onion salt, garlic, and chili powder—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 the ribs. The general rule is what sticks is the perfect amount.


  • Don't get in a hurry! Apply this seasoning just before you're ready to put the pork ribs on the smoker, or grill.
  • If using a mop sauce, apply it with a spray bottle so as not to disarrange the rub seasoning.
  • Whatever you do, don't put your fingers, spoon, or any other utensils back into the dry rub after touching the meat to avoid contaminating the leftover rub. A shaker containing the rub seasoning is what we recommend as this can help keep this from happening.

How to Store

The rub should be good for six months. Store it in a shaker can for easy application when you are ready to barbecue and to keep fingers or utensils out of the seasoning.