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BBQ Spare Rib Rub, Marinades, and Sauces

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Homemade BBQ spare rib rub, marinades, and sauces to make your next BBQ a blow-out! Perfect for all ribs be they spare, short, or baby back. Try one and tell us what you think at the bottom of this page.

Tips for BBQ Rib Rubs, Marinades, and Sauces

When it comes to using dry rubs, marinades, and sauces with any ribs be they spare, short, or baby back, it's best to prepare everything ahead of time. Applying a marinade, rub, or sauce to your ribs then wrapping them tightly with foil and refrigerating 6 - 24 hours before grilling will really help to tenderize the meat. (Take them out of the fridge an hour before grilling to bring everything to room temperature.)

If you're in a hurry and you just want to hit your ribs with some seasoning and get busy grilling then try this trick: spray your pork or beef spare ribs with some cider vinegar before applying a dry rub or sauce. This will tenderize the meat and and open its pores so the seasonings can soak-in more thoroughly.

Another option for tenderizing ribs is to brine them first. This is especially important, if you are going to grill them fast rather than "low and slow" or you don't have time to marinate them for an extended period of time. Brining can make the difference between tough and chewy or tender and succulent grilled spare ribs. It's easy to do:

Completely submerge ribs (at least 1 hour per pound) in the following solution:
1 gallon of cold water
3/4 cup kosher salt (or 1/2 cup table salt)
1/2 cup sugar

You can also add to the brine elements from your spare rib rub, marinade, or sauce to enhance the overall flavor (e.g. chopped garlic, onion, spices, and herbs)

After brining coat the spare ribs with one of our homemade rubs, marinades, or sauces. Fire up your grill, and they are ready to go.

BBQ Spare Rib Rub, Marinades,
and Sauce Recipes

Important Note: These recipes will work for any type of ribs not just spare ribs.

Also, you can turn any of our marinades into a sauce. After marinating just remove the ribs and pour the remaining marinade into a sauce-pan. Heat over medium-high heat until it reduces into a sauce.

Use it for dipping or during the last 10 minutes of grilling, brush it on your ribs and grill over direct heat. This will caramelize everything and add some nice charring.

Basic BBQ Rib Rub

(Covers Up to 4 lbs)

  • 1/3 cup salt

  • 1/4 cup black pepper

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder

  • This spare rib rub proves a recipe doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. See how we used it with these delicious BBQ country-style spare ribs.

    Sweet With Some Heat
    BBQ Dry Rub and Spare Rib Marinade

    (Covers 2 racks of ribs)

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin

  • Marinade
  • 2 cups beer (or ginger beer)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

  • See how we used this sweet and sour spare rib rub and marinade in this recipe for BBQ Pork Spare Ribs.

    Chinese Spare Rib Marinade and BBQ Rib Rub

    (Covers 2 lbs of ribs)

    Homemade Chinese Five Spice
    Dry Rub for Spare Ribs

    1/4 teaspoon ground anise
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground fennel

    If you don't have these spices on-hand then we recommend using the Frontier-brand Chinese Five Spice Powder.

    Spare Rib Marinade
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • See how we used this Asian flavored rub and marinade to create a delicious Chinese Pork Spare Rib Recipe.

    Hot N Smokey Pork
    Spare Rib Rub

    (Covers Up to 2 lbs)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme

  • Use this dry rub with pork spare ribs and then top 'em off with some of your favorite barbecue sauce. For tips on how to grill ribs "low and slow" or "quick and easy", click here.

    Best BBQ Rib Rubs for Beef

    (Covers 2 lbs of short, baby back, or spare ribs)

  • 1/4 cup salt

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons black pepper

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup paprika

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne

  • This rub goes perfectly with this BBQ Beef Back Ribs Recipe.

  • 1 envelope Lipton onion soup mix

  • 1/3 cup salt

  • 1/3 cup garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup dried parsley

  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper

  • This flavor combination compliments beef well. See how we used it in this Country-style Beef Short Rib Recipe.

  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup salt

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano1

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1/2 tablespoons dried rosemary, crushed

  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper

  • This rub goes well with this Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe.

  • 1/4 cup miso

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup onion powder

  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ginger (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon Asian Chili paste (recommend Thai Kitchen)

  • This rub goes perfectly with these Korean Barbecue Beef Ribs.

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