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A single smoked short rib on a white plate
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4.17 from 6 votes

Amazing Dry Rub for Ribs (Best Short Ribs Rub)

This is the only dry rub for ribs you need! My short ribs rub is flavorful and easy, using staple pantry seasonings.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best dry rub for ribs, dry rub for ribs, rib rub recipe, short ribs rub
Servings: 5 Tablespoons
Calories: 17kcal


  • 1 small mixing bowl


  • 2 Tablespoons Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse salt coarse salt only - fine salt will not give you the same results!
  • 1 Tablespoon Black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder


  • Add coarse salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika to a bowl.
    2 Tablespoons Paprika, 1 Tablespoon Coarse salt, 1 Tablespoon Black pepper, 1 Tablespoon Garlic powder
    Rib rub recipe ingredients
  • Mix the rub together until completely combined.
    rib rub recipe in a white bowl
  • Thoroughly apply the rub to your beef by sprinkling it on all sides and patting it down with your hands.
    Three short ribs on a rack seasoned with dry rub
  • Cook ribs to your liking, and enjoy the delicious crust this rib rub recipe creates!
    short ribs seasoned with short ribs rub in a basket with parchment paper


  • You can apply my short ribs rub directly before cooking your ribs, or up to overnight.
  • Always bring beef to room temperature for best results.
  • Use coarse salt, not fine salt. Coarse salt creates a better crust when applying a dry rub for ribs.
  • If you're not certain how much rub to use, just make sure to thoroughly coat all sides of your beef and pat it down. You can (and should!) apply a rub very liberally.


Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.6g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1154mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg