Memphis Rib Rub

There was a time when I purchased many of the rubs I used for cooking, specially when it came to smoking pork butt or ribs. Now, I just use this simple but very tasty version of a Memphis rib rub based on a recipe from Myron Mixon.

Memphis Rib RubA little sweet, and a little heat (add more cayenne if you like) makes this Memphis rib rub perfect. It made my St. Louis-style ribs (and tips) something great. This recipe makes a nice big batch. Just store any extra in an air-tight container out of the light and away from heat.

I keep my homemade spice mixes in resealable containers. To identify them I write the name of the mix and the date on painter’s blue tape. The tape comes off easily when I’m done with the mix so I can re-use the containers for other things.

Memphis Rib Rub

Course Spice Mixture
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mild chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika optional, to taste


  • Combine all ingredients.

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