I love ribs. My whole family loves ribs. They are so easy to make at home in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Check out my BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe where I use a pressure cooker. The meat practically falls off the bone! But the key to good ribs is a good dry rub like this Chili Dry Rub for Pork Ribs.
Unfortunately, many people will skip this step and simply drown the ribs in BBQ sauce, but I am here to tell you that you really need to use a dry rub. Any dry rub. Just use one.
There really is no excuse not to use a dry rub for your ribs. I mean look how long it takes to make. 2 minutes? 3 minutes? Why not invest a few minutes and make your ribs that much better?
Most of the time I make my ribs in my Instant Pot, but every now and then I will either bake them or cook them on my BBQ. Especially when we are camping.
If you decide not to use a dry rub for your ribs like this recipe, do yourself a favor and at least season them with some salt and pepper!
🧂 How to use Dry Rub
Before you apply your dry rub to your meat, make sure you pat your meat down with a paper towel to remove as much of the moisture you can. Next you need a binder to help the dry rub stick to the meat. You can use an egg wash, olive oil or even yellow mustard. I prefer to use Olive Oil most of the time but I have also had great luck with yellow mustard.
Once the binder has been applied to the meat, liberally apply the dry rub all over the meat. Make sure you take the proper precautions to not cross-contaminate! I suggest you use one hand to apply the dry rub and the other to rub the dry rub into the meat
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📋 Gather your Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients to make this Chili Dry Rub for Pork Ribs recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Chili Powder, Ground Coriander, Garlic Powder, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Salt and Ground Black Pepper.
🥣 How to Make Chili Dry Rub for Pork Ribs
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
Apply dry rub to the ribs on both sides.
Chili Dry Rub for Pork Ribs
- 3 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 ¼ teaspoon Ground Coriander
- ¾ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Ginger
- ¾ teaspoon Salt
- ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Apply dry rub to the ribs on both sides.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
OMG I had ribs with this dry rub at my sons house today for supper. They were delicious. I was a little sceptical because I am not fond of too much spicy food. But these were just perfect. I will make them next. A keeper for sure.
Made a double batch of the chili dry rub, quick and easy to put together and turned out amazing on my slow cooked ribs. The best dry rub I've used so far. With the extra left over, I decided to use the rub on some chicken drum sticks to go with the ribs and they too were amazing!