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Traditional Rub for St. Louis Ribs Recipe

Traditional Rub for St. Louis Ribs Recipe

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How To Make Traditional Rub for St. Louis Ribs

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours and 10 minutes



  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 racks of St. Louis ribs (about 4 lbs total)


  1. Preheat your smoker or grill to 225°F (110°C).

  2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, and dried thyme to make the rub.

  3. Trim any excess fat from the ribs and pat them dry with paper towels.

  4. Massage the rub generously onto all sides of the ribs, ensuring an even coating.

  5. Place the ribs on the smoker or grill and cook indirect heat for 4 hours, or until the meat is tender and has reached an internal temperature of 203°F (95°C).

  6. Remove the ribs from the smoker or grill and let them rest for 15 minutes before serving.

  7. Slice the ribs between the bones and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, if desired.


  • Calories : 420kcal
  • Total Fat : 14g
  • Saturated Fat : 4g
  • Cholesterol : 120mg
  • Sodium : 2083mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 22g
  • Dietary Fiber : 4g
  • Sugar : 8g
  • Protein : 52g
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