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Best Dry Rub For Ribs - Memphis-Style

Course: Seasoning Blends
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, Easy, Family Friendly, Grilling, Memphis Style, Ribs, Southern Comfort Food, Tailgating
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 16 tablespoons or 1 cup
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Marilyn
Turn plain old pork ribs into outstanding BBQ ribs with this Memphis-style dry rib rub. Inspired by the dry rib rub at Rendezvous Ribs on Beale Street in Memphis, this killer rib rub will have you singing it's praises.
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  • 1 tablespoon celery seed divided
  • 2 teaspoons allspice berries divided
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seed divided
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1-½ tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seed
  • 1-½ teaspoons oregano leaves
  • 1-½ teaspoons dried thyme


  • Using a mortal and pestle, grind 1-½ teaspoons celery seed, ½ teaspoon allspice berries, and ¼ teaspoon coriander seed.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ground seeds, the paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, mustard seeds, oregano and thyme. Transfer dry rub to a tightly sealed container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.


In place of the mortar and pestle, use a spice grinder.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3631IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg