Grandma Pat’s Rib Rub

This is one of those great word-of-mouth recipes that gets passed from friend to friend after they taste it. I got it from my mom and now I’m passing it along to you. I don’t know where she got it from…so she gets the naming rights.

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend and fire up your grill!

FYI: With the quantities you need for this–especially the paprika and the chili powder– you might want to buy your spices in bulk from a co-op, whole foods or a Sam’s Club/Costco. If you can’t find a bulk supplier then you may have a lot of little Tone’s containers to open and measure.

Rib Rub

1/3 cup salt

1 cup paprika

2/3 cup chili powder

1/4 cup onion powder

1/8 cup garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

Mix all ingredients.

Rub into the ribs after has been at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

Allow to sit one additional hour before cooking at approximately 300 degrees in Weber grill.

Remaining mixture may be kept in cool dry place for future use. (pantry)


In you wish, to 1 cup dry marinade add 1 cup vinegar, 2 cup water and mix thoroughly and use as basting sauce. It is great with chicken.

I also pour the wet marinade over the meat and it sit in the wet marinade with a couple of hours. Then baste the meat with wet marinade while cooking outside or under broiler inside. (This will help keep the meat moist and prevent burning due to this mix)

Have used on flank steak, ribs, and boneless chicken breast with great results.

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