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House Rub for Baby Back Ribs

House Rub for Baby Back Ribs

Glen Mayville & Lester Blumenthal

Route 7 Grill, www.route7grill.com, Great Barrington, MA


  • 5 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dark chili powder
  • 5 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2½ Tbsp oregano
  • 5 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar


Toss ingredients together before finely mixing in a food processor. Serves 10.


Recommended wine/beer for House Rub for Baby Back Ribs:

Ottimino --California’s Russian River

Unlike the duck and pulled pork, our Baby Back Ribs have been seasoned with a rub that also contains brown sugar and because of this; I think the perfect wine would be a Red Zinfandel. Why? Red Zinfandel has the same sweetness and tartness of our ribs. Ottimino is a tiny estate in California’s Russian River and they farm three vineyards. This wine hails from their Rancho Bello vineyard, and it has a lovely combination of spice and fruit flavors that just breaks through when paired with the ribs. Every element cooked into these Baby Backs is mirrored in this Zinfindel. American food and American wine; it’s a great match!


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