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Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs

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Using my Southern Dry Rub recipe will give you sweet and spicy flavorful ribs every time.
Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs I am no expert when it comes to grilling ribs, but between my husband and Smithfield® Extra Tender Spare Ribs, I get to enjoy tender grilled ribs every summer. My husband was born and raised in the south and loves to grill. Knowing he could prepare a meal just as good as I could is one of the things that attracted me to him.

This weekend we tag teamed on the grill. I whipped up a batch of Southern Dry Rub for the ribs and my husband grilled them. Smithfield® is our go-to brand for ribs and ham. They’re ribs have no added hormones or steroids and always give us the top notch quality we look for. Smithfield® ribs come in Extra Tender Spare Ribs, Extra Tender Back Ribs, and Extra Tender St. Louis Ribs varieties. They come hand trimmed which means less prep work for anyone not used to grilling ribs.

 To season my ribs, I use a homemade dry rub inspired by flavors of the south.

Southern Dry Rub
Perfect for sweet and spicy flavorful ribs. Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs


  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1/4 tablespoons of paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 2 tablespoons of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper


Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs


1. Measure out all of your dry ingredients and mix together in a small container.

2. Rinse meat and pat dry with a paper towel.

3. Use enough rub to coat the entire piece of meat. I used about 4 tablespoons of rub to coat a slab of ribs.

Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs

To grill the ribs, my husband filled one half of our grill with charcoal and got them hot. When cooking his ribs, he doesn’t like to cook them directly over the coals. This prevents them from cooking too fast, drying out or burning. Once the fire from the coal dies down, he places the ribs on the grill over a sheet of aluminum foil. He let’s the ribs cook for about 4 hours until they are fall off the bone tender.

Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs

Using my Southern Dry Rub recipe, Smithfield® ribs and our cooking technique will give you tender, flavorful ribs every time.

Smithfield® ribs makes it possible for anyone, no matter your level of expertise, to grill great ribs.

Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs


Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs




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13 thoughts on “Southern Dry Rub for Perfectly Grilled Ribs

  1. I can't wait to try this one with my husband on the grill.

  2. You made yourself a nice weekend treat there… Perfect for the warm weather.

  3. We buy a lot of Smithfield products! That Southern Dry Rub sounds like it's right up my hubby's alley too. We love grilling season in our household. 🙂

  4. These ribs are making my mouth water! I'm sure the flavors from that rub are so good. My husband would love these ribs.

  5. These look so delicious. This is a rub I would really enjoy, and would love to try with the hubby! Sounds so good! – Jeanine

  6. This is my kind of rub! I am a huge seasonings person!

  7. I like the dry rub! I super love the ribs, I am actually craving for it!

  8. Yum! I love a good set of ribs and these look amazing! Also that dry rub sound fabulous!

  9. Oh good gosh, that dry rub sounds absolutely fantastic! I'm craving ribs in a big, big way now.

  10. I don't grill outside–but I do have a grill plate that fits on top of the burners on my stove. The rib sounds delightful–I just might try making this.

  11. We love ribs here, and usually only make them during the summer. My oldest love spicy food so I bet he'd enjoy these if he had them.

  12. That dry rub sounds amazing! I love a good BBQ sauce, but my favorite way to eat ribs is with a tasty dry rib. Thanks for sharing this one! #client

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