Brown Sugar Rib Rub {A Father’s Day Gift Idea}

This 4-Ingredient Brown Sugar Rib Spice Rub is simple to make, and so delicious you’ll never make ribs again without it!  Apply this rub to the ribs, then them bake for a few hours resulting in the most flavourful and tender ribs ever.  I like to finish these baked ribs on the BBQ with our favourite BBQ sauce.

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Well it’s a rainy one here today.  And for the last few days…it feels like we’ve been sopped in and stuck under gray skies for a looooong time.  It’s good for our farmers and our lawns and our flowers, but I am ready to bask in some sunshine.  And I’m more than ready to get my BBQ fired up again!  I think the only time we don’t BBQ is when it’s raining…so I’ve been making meals that I would usually serve in the fall…gasp!

I’m crossing my fingers for sunshine this weekend and for the Father’s Day weekend (and let’s face it – for the rest of the summer)!  It just wouldn’t feel like Father’s Day without a BBQ dinner now would it?  This year I will be serving up ribs for our Dad…everyone loves them, they are easy to prep and easy to BBQ!  Sounds like a great plan for dinner!

But what are ribs without a good rub?!  This is one of our most favourite rib rubs ever.  I love applying this rub to our ribs, then baking them at a slow, low heat in the oven before I finish them off on the BBQ!  They always come out tender, rich and bursting with flavour!

Brown Sugar Rib Rub {A-Pretty-Life}

This Brown Sugar Rib Rub is so simple to make, and you likely have all of the ingredients in your cupboards right now.

Brown Sugar Rib Rub {A-Pretty-Life}

This rub takes no time at all to make, and the flavour it adds to your ribs is amazing!



Brown Sugar Rib Rub


  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 - 3 tbsp chili powder
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 racks of back ribs see above picture


Making the Rub:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, chili powder and fresh ground pepper.

Making the Ribs:

  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Lay the ribs out onto a cookie sheet lined with tin foil.
  3. Rub all of the rub mixture all over the top, meaty part of the ribs.
  4. Completely and tightly cover the ribs with another sheet of tin foil.
  5. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  6. Once the ribs have baked, you can slather them in your favourite BBQ sauce, and finish them off on your BBQ at medium to hight heat. Cook them just long enough for the BBQ sauce to caramelize and the ribs to get at great smoky BBQ flavour.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart


This rib rub would also make a great homemade Father’s Day gift!  
Just prepare some rub and package it up in a pretty jar.  Add some of Dad’s favourite BBQ sauce and a brush for application, throw in some of his favourite beer and you’ve made Dad’s day!

Brown Sugar Rib Rub {A-Pretty-Life}

I have been using this homemade shaker to apply the rib spice, and thought I should share it here with you.  All you need is a mason jar and a lid from an old parmesan cheese container.  These lids fit mason jars perfectly, making them an ideal shaker!

DIY Mason Jar Shaker for Rib Rub Spice {A Pretty Life}
Have a delicious day!

Oh, and just because this is funny…my cat photobombed this shot!  Peek-a-boo!  LOL!

Photobomb {A-Pretty-Life}

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  • Reply Elaine - Visual Meringue June 3, 2013 at 11:42 AM This is a fantastic idea! Thanks Jo-Anna! I think I'll do something like this for my hubby and dad :)
  • Reply Ali June 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM My hubby would love this, and so would my dad. Yum! Sorry about the rain, hopefully that Summer sunshine will be pouring in soon :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna June 5, 2013 at 9:25 AM Ribs are the best aren't they?! Yum! And I hope our summer sun comes soon too!! Realllllly soon!
  • Reply Jaclyn June 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM Such a good idea... I really think I'm going to do this for fathers day-for my padre and for my father-in-law. You totally have me craving ribs now!!!
    • Reply Jo-Anna June 5, 2013 at 9:25 AM Thanks Jaclyn! I'm suddenly craving ribs again too...yum!
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  • Reply Cynthia November 11, 2017 at 5:13 PM I will give this rub a try. I ran out of my usual clubhouse seasoning and I found you. I see you enjoy bullseye Guinness. I love bullseye brand BBQ sauce. I was low on BBQ sauce one day so I mixed half Guinness half old west hickory (also bullseye brand) ... oh man it was amazing delish!! I have not gone back, I mix a batch every time I BBQ ribs. Have a fab day!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 12, 2017 at 12:09 PM Oh what a great idea to add Guinness...SO good! I hope you enjoy the rub!

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