Kansas City Rib Rub Recipe.

They know a thing or two about BBQ in Kansas City.  Here’s the classic rub recipe which I use on both chicken and ribs.  I then finish with my favourite … Maple Bourbon BBQ Sauce.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when cooking ribs is not paying enough attention to the rub.  The rub is the first thing to touch the ribs and it’s what seeps down into the meat giving it a complex flavour.  The longer you leave the rub on before cooking, the better the flavour will be.

If you’re doing ribs and you have the time, remove your rib membrane and add your rub (at least 2 Tablespoons on each side of the rib) the night before cooking.

Let rub sit on ribs (refrigerated).  4 hours is good but overnight is even better.  Kind of like 4 hours of sleep is good, but overnight is even better.


Kansas City Rib Rub

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Kansas City Rib Rub
Prep Time
5 mins

The quintessential rib rub from Kansas City where they KNOW how to do BBQ.

Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 ribs
Calories: 147 kcal
Author: Karen
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  1. Mix all ingredients together and put in an airtight container. 

Nutrition Facts
Kansas City Rib Rub
Amount Per Serving (4 Tbsp)
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 1792mg 75%
Potassium 300mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 27g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 82.5%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 5.8%
Iron 12.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Kansas City Rib Rub.  The ONLY rub for your ribs!  (let the arguments begin, lol)

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