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Kansas City Dry Rub Guide 

Kansas City Dry Rub is a delicious rub which is quite sweet and this makes a great flavour when rubbed onto meat for barbecuing, or cooking in the oven. This rub is fantastic on just about all meats like chicken, beef and pork and then baked, grilled or cooked on the barbecue.

This rub which, as mentioned before, has a sweetness to it with a spicy flavour is easy to make at home. It is a very simple rub to make and, depending on the recipe, it usually consists of -  paprika, cayenne pepper, chilli powder, black pepper, salt and sugar. There are many recipes for this rub so it is good to experiment and find out what works for you.

Buying Kansas City dry rub is easy to do. There are a number of different products to choose from online. If you do not have some, or any of the ingredients to make this rub at home, you can find these online as well.

Kansas City Dry Rub Cooking Tips

So, when it comes to cooking with this dry rub it is an absolute winner cooked on a barbecue or in an oven. If you are not able cook using a BBQ then another great way is to bake the seasoned meat in the oven slowly. The great thing with this rub is that it can go with just about all the meats you would ever want to BBQ or slow cook in the oven.

Making Kansas City dry rub is so easy. It is just a case of mixing the ingredients of the recipe you are using together, and giving it a good whisk to make sure it is completely blended. When this is done, you take the meat you are about to cook and apply the rub to it making sure it has a good covering and rub well in.

Personally, I like to use this rub on pork ribs, slowly cooked in the oven and finished off with a coating of your favourite BBQ sauce. It can be served with anything you like. I enjoy it with a nice potato salad and some fresh homemade coleslaw.

Kansas City Dry Rub Pork Ribs


Serves 4 people


8 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon chilli powder

2 teaspoons ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 lbs meaty pork ribs


Take a medium mixing bowl and a whisk. Add all the ingredients, except the pork ribs, to the bowl and whisk together making sure it is thoroughly blended. 

Now take your pork ribs. Remove the thin membrane which covers the rib side. Apply the seasoning generously to the ribs making sure they are completely covered. Then, either bag or wrap them in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

 Pre heat the oven to 300°F or 150°C

Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and leave for 20 minutes to reach room temperature. Then take a sheet of aluminium foil and place the ribs on it. 

Fold the ribs in the foil, making sure the edges have a good seal.

Place the covered ribs onto a baking tray or large roasting tin and cook in the oven for about 2 hours. Remove from the oven and open the foil, then cook for a further 30 minutes. You will know when they are cooked ,as the bone will start to show through the meat, and the meat should pull easily away from the bone.