Originally Posted by HookedOnQ
Im planning on smoking some pork spare ribs for the first time this weekend on my uds and need some input on rubs and sauces. I can find lots of info on sweeter rubs and sauces but im not a big fan of sweet ribs are sweet bbq period. Im more of a vinager or mustard base sauce kinda guy.I can live with a little sweet but not a lot so what are some suggestions on a rub or sauce that would work for me? Also any other tips to make this cook a success would be great.
Here's my go to all purpose rub, it's pretty versatile and isn't overly sweet. I'm like you, I'm not really fond of candy-stick BBQ either! I usually make my own chili powder by smoking and drying poblano peppers on the pit and then grinding them in a coffee grinder, it really puts a nice zip into the rub and a different flavor than all the others out there! This recipe makes about 1/2 cup of rub. Good luck!
3 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons table salt
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili or ancho powder
1 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne powder