Chili Spice Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 6

Try this bold spice rub on beef or pork ribs. Rub the mixture all over the meat, then cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour or refrigerate for up to 24 hours before grilling. 


  • 1/4 cup chili powder 
  • 2 Tbs. smoked Spanish paprika or sweet Hungarian paprika 
  • 2 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 Tbs. garlic powder 
  • 1 Tbs. onion powder 
  • 2 tsp. salt  
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 


In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and cayenne. Makes about 3/4 cup, or enough for 6 lb. of ribs.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Mastering Series, Grilling & Barbecuing, by Rick Rodgers (Free Press, 2006).