The Best Homemade Seasoning For Beef Ribs

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Beef ribs are a delicious and versatile cut of beef that can be used in a variety of recipes. While beef ribs require some extra cooking time, the end result is worth it! For a beef rib recipe with an extra flavor boost, try our beef ribs seasoning recipe.

The best news is making a homemade seasoning for beef ribs is incredibly easy, assuming you have a few staple spices in your pantry.

What Goes In Beef Rib Seasoning?

Before you begin, make sure to gather all the ingredients you need. The beef ribs seasoning recipe requires garlic powder, smoked paprika,  black pepper and sea salt. If you have additional ingredients or spices that you’d like to add, now is the time to do so!

How To Make Seasoning For Beef Ribs

Once you have all the ingredients on hand, it’s time to get cooking. Start by combining garlic powder, paprika, black pepper and sea salt in a bowl.  At this point, the seasoning itself is basically done and ready to use.

Feel free to adjust the measurements of each ingredient according to your taste preferences. Mix everything together until fully combined and store in an airtight container.

The Best Way To Apply The Seasoning To Your Ribs

We are proponents of applying a thin layer of olive oil to the outside of your ribs before applying your rub.

The idea here isn’t to drown your meat with oil, it’s simply to get a thin layer evenly distributed across the meat so that your rub will stick when you apply it.

If you were to apply the rub directly to the meat, you might run the risk of losing some of your rub – which can tend to fall off when you’re handling the meat.

Olive oil isn’t the only way to go!  Another option is your favorite hot sauce or potentially even a mixture of hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

No matter which route you go, just be sure to apply something that will make your rub stick a little bit better.

Last but not least, you should let your rubbed beef rest for at least 45 minutes, ideally a couple of hours, before you place it on the smoker.

This means that you will need to coat the beef ribs with the seasoning mix and then let it sit for a period of time before cooking. This allows the flavors of the beef ribs seasoning to really sink in and do their job!

What Else Can This Seasoning Be Used For?

Beef ribs seasoning is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of beef recipes, not just ribs.It’s also great on other BBQ staples like brisket.  After all, the flavor profile of beef ribs and brisket (especially the fatty side of a brisket) are quite similar to one another.  So this recipe makes for an excellent brisket rub.

If you have some leftover, you can also consider using it on lighter meats like chicken and pork.  While this rub might bring strong flavor to these meats, it still definitely works and will provide some traditional BBQ flavor to your meat.

Last but not least, this rub works well with other types of ribs like pork ribs.  Again, this rub is designed for beef so it’s a little stronger than your average pork rub, but it will still taste great!

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoy our beef ribs seasoning recipe! This easy-to-make blend of spices is sure to give any beef rib recipe an extra flavor boost. If you’re looking for more delicious beef rib recipes, be sure to check out our website. Happy cooking!

Beef Rib Seasoning

This easy-to-make blend of spices is sure to give any beef rib recipe an extra flavor boost.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine BBQ
Servings 1 rack of ribs


  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp black pepper


  • Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl
  • Coat your beef rib rack with a thin layer of olive oil
  • Generously rub your beef ribs with the seasoning mixture. Be sure to apply it evenly
  • Allow the seasoned beef to rest for 45 minutes to an hour before cooking on the smoker
Keyword BBQ, BBQ Rub, Beef Ribs
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