The Ultimate Dry Rub for Pork Ribs

Fuss-free Instant Pot Ribs

My go-to dry rub ingredients for a delicious and most flavourful rack of ribs.

Pork ribs is a staple in our house. Whether they’re done in the oven (Sticky Pork Ribs) or outside on the BBQ or even in my electric pressure cooker (Fuss-free Instant Pot Ribs). I always dry rub the ribs first when I make them in the Instant Pot pressure cooker, often leaving them to develop flavour for a couple of hours or even overnight.


All the ingredients, with the exception of the sugar, will be found in the supermarket’s spice aisle. The sugar will be found in the baking section.

The cumin and coriander provides some earthy notes to the pork and also brings out the sweetness in the meat. The smoked paprika brings the much familiar smoky taste whilst the mustard seeds has a bit of a bite to it.

The onion and garlic powder elevates the ribs to provide a flavour punch.

If you would like a bit of heat, why not add a teaspoon or two of smoked chipotle flakes?

The Ultimate Dry Rub for Pork Ribs

  • Servings: 2 racks
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print


  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1.5 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ tablespoon sea salt


  1. Combine all spices and salt together in a bowl. Rub onto ribs as desired.
  2. It stores well in an airtight container in the cupboard for a couple of days. If you leave the sugar out it should keep longer.

Don’t just stick to ribs, you can also use this flavourful rub on pork shoulder or pork leg just before cooking.

If you would like to see some more recipes, here they are:

You can also follow me on these platforms:

3 Comments on “The Ultimate Dry Rub for Pork Ribs

  1. Pingback: Fuss-free Pork Ribs (in your Instant Pot!) – Life, with Clotted Cream

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: