Spice Essentials: Chicken & Ribs Rub

Andy Anderson !


This is a great rub with yummy flavor notes that are smoky, with a bit of heat and a hint of sweet. It is perfect for a nice grilled rack of ribs, or chicken.

This is not a recipe I would use for smoking meats... I have another recipe for that; however, for grilling and/or oven baking, this is my go-to rub. So yummy.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 2 Tbsp
    coconut sugar, dark brown
  • 2 Tbsp
    paprika, sweet variety
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 2 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 tsp
    coarse salt, kosher variety
  • 2 tsp
    dry mustard, i prefer coleman’s
  • 2 tsp
    chili powder hot or mild
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne powder

How to Make Spice Essentials: Chicken & Ribs Rub


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and store in a cool dry place until ready to use.
  5. Chef’s Note: As you can see from the previous step’s image, I am using an empty spice bottle with a shaker top. I find these ideal for storing my homemade spices; especially things like rubs… Just pop the top and shake away.
  6. Chef’s Note: If the spice is kept out of the light, and stored in a cool/dry space, it should last 4 – 6 months, or longer.
  8. If you are using on ribs, then hand rub it into the ribs, cover with cling foil, and place in the fridge overnight… Then, cook on the grill, or in the oven, according to your favorite recipe.
  9. If you are using it on chicken, place about two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and lime juice in a bowl, or Ziploc bag, along with 3 tablespoons of the spice mixture. Add the chicken, thoroughly coat, then cover and place in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours, or overnight, before cooking on the grill, or in the oven. Enjoy.
  10. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Spice Essentials: Chicken & Ribs Rub

Course/Dish: Rubs
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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