Rib Rub

KC Masterpiece Rib Rub

This is the standard rib rub used at KC Masterpiece.  While it has satisfied many a hungry rib eater, cooks are welcome to experiment with this mix to suit their personal tastes. 


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cumin
  • Ancho chili powder

1. Mix the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, and paprika in a bowl.
2. Add as much of the black pepper, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and ancho chili powder as desired.  McPeake suggests using a 3:1 ratio of black pepper and cayenne.  Other ingredients should be added to taste.
3. Cover both sides of the ribs with the rub mixture.  Cover the meat side of the ribs with twice as much rub as the bone side.

Yield:  About 3 cups of rub

Recipe courtesy of Chef Richard McPeake.

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