Rodney Scott's Rib Rub

plate with ribs, baked beans, and rub
Photo: Jerrelle Guy
2 Cups

For South Carolina pitmaster Rodney Scott, smoke is the primary seasoning for his famous pork spare ribs...but the all-important dry rub is a close second. This rib rub is used in Scott's Spare Ribs recipe and is featured in the cookbook, Rodney Scott's World of BBQ, ($24.99,


  • ½ cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt

  • ¼ cup Jesus's Tears (aka MSG)

  • ¼ cup freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup ground paprika

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Mix all of the ingredients and place in an airtight container. Cover and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

Cook's Notes

Reprinted with permission from Rodney Scott's World of BBQ by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie, copyright © 2021 by Rodney Scott BBQ, LLC, a South Carolina limited liability company. Photographs copyright © by Jerrelle Guy. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC.

Related Articles