Memphis Rub

Memphis Rub


"This zesty rub will bring out the best in ribs and other meats. Try it on chicken!"

Ingredients 10 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 62 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 62 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 12g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 1786 mg
  • 71%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a small airtight container, mix paprika, dark brown sugar, white sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, celery salt, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, dry mustard, garlic powder and onion powder. Seal and store in a cool dark place until ready for use.
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Three stars as written. I'm lucky enough to enjoy real Memphis rub (in Memphis!) about 3-4 times a year and, looking over the ingredients, I knew instantly this needed some tweaking. It just didn't seem to have the zest or the complexity of Memphis rubs I've become familiar with and love. First, if you've got a good blend of spices to begin with, the MSG isn't necessary - so I left it out. I also reduced the cayenne by half and used a sweet paprika. The ingredients listed were fine, it's just that it was clear there were also some seasonings glaringly missing. I don't profess to be a Memphis rub expert, but after I added (for a half recipe) 1-1/2 T. of chili powder, 1 tsp, cumin, and 1 tsp. each of dried oregano and thyme, this rub came alive. Hubby grilled our ribs with it, low and slow, then served them with BBQ sauce on the side. Delicious. Wish I would have made the full recipe!


WOW! I am so glad I tried this recipe. Typically when BBQing, I use a sauce but find that the sauce burns easily. I saw a program on Food Network that talked about using rubs on meat when I decided to try one. I had all the ingredients needed for this recipe along with a nice slab of pork ribs. I mariniated the ribs for about 3 hours before grilling. I grilled the ribs approximately 1 1/2 hours. They were perfect. The meat fell off the bone and my family pratically licked the platter clean. The only change I made to the recipe is to NOT use MSG.


I am from Memphis and I see many recipes claiming to be a "Memphis Rub". This is the real deal. Perfection!