6 Rubs to Amp Up Your Rib Game

Marcus Nilsson
Your ribs might be good, but could they be great? Take your next rack of messy, smoky, meaty ribs to a new level of deliciousness with one of these six incredible rubs.

Your ribs might be good, but could they be great? Take your next rack of messy, smoky, meaty ribs to a new level of deliciousness with one of these six incredible rubs.

1. Cumin-and-Coriander
This Middle Eastern-inspired mix of sugar, cumin, coriander, pepper and cinnamon is perfect for rich and succulent lamb ribs.

2. Paprika-Ancho
“The ideal rub should have enough spice that you notice it, but not so much that it overpowers the meat,” says chef Brian Perrone. He rubs this smoky-sweet spice blend on baby back pork ribs.

3. Moroccan Spice
Though Moroccan cuisine is known for lamb, this sweet-and-spicy, cinnamon-spiked rub is great on pork ribs.

4. Seven-Spice
This basic dry rub is delicious on baby back ribs.

5. Asian Five-Spice
Chinese five-spice is a bold mix of cinnamon, clove, fennel seed, star anise and Sichuan peppercorn. It’s delicious on spareribs or beef ribs.

6. Memphis
For a classic BBQ flavor, rub baby back ribs with this delicious mix of paprika, dark brown sugar, celery salt, cumin, cayenne pepper and more.

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