Memphis Style Dry Rub Basic Recipe


Basic Memphis Style Dry Rub captures the flavors of Memphis using homemade ingredients.

What better way to capture the flavors of Memphis style dry rub barbecue than with this simple and easy to make Memphis style dry rub recipe.

Now you can get the best of both worlds with this great basic Memphis Style Dry Rub and Jake's Famous Memphis Style BBQ Sauce


  • 1-1/2 Tbs Chile Powder
  • 1 Tbs Salt
  • 1-1/2 Tbs Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp Thyme
  • 2 Tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Dry Mustard

Blend together well and put in container. Store in cool dry place. Use on ribs, chicken and fish dishes.

We truly enjoy the above recipe and practically use it every time we want to make Memphis Style Barbecue Ribs.  We find however, that not everyone wants to follow our recipe set so we decided to build a listing of some of the best Memphis Style Dry Rub Recipes from our team and friends.  We hope you enjoy these options and use them at your next barbecue.  

Optional Memphis Dry Rub Recipes**

Stan's Best Memphis Dry Rub

  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 /2 teaspoon Ground Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin

Carolyn's Own Homemade Memphis Rub

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup paprika

Otis Makes Memphis Style Dry Rub

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder

Sergio Can Cook Memphis Style Dry Rub

  • 1⁄4 cup paprika
  • 2-1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup paprika
  • 1 -3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

John's No Limit Hold Em (Spicy) Memphis Style Dry Rub

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup paprika
  • 3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup paprika
  • 2-1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

These are just some of the excellent recipes we have from our team and of course me.  When the weather is right and we've got time on our hands we will create our own Memphis Dry Rub and Ribs contest.  The winner get the coveted glass shaker jar filled with their contents.  If it's really good we will write a post for the winner with photos and excerpts from the event.  The loser which of course there really isn't one get to clean up most of the barbecue area.  The hard part is bagging all of the left overs and putting away the charcoal and trash bags. But in the end it's usually a fun time had by all

Right now you can get our fabulous already made dry rubs and our world class barbecue sauce at discount.  Use Code: Barbecue10 with any item and receive a 10% discount. Enter the code at Checkout.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 September, 2017.

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