St. Louis Rib Rub

St. Louis Rib Rub
St. Louis Rib Rub
St. Louis Rib Rub St. Louis Rib Rub
100462 001
Net Weight:
3.5 oz
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St. Louis Style BBQ is kind of like the middle child of rib styles and gets lost between its more famous big brother Kansas City barbeque and its adorable little brother Memphis barbeque. Adding to the confusion is that St. Louis ribs don't just describe a style of BBQ but a cut of ribs as well.

So first understand the rib cuts. You have Baby Back Ribs and St. Louis Style Ribs. Baby Back Ribs are from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs just below the loin muscle. St. Louis style ribs are cut from spare ribs and then the cartilage, sternum bone and rip tips are removed leaving an almost rectangular shape of ribs.

In St. Louis the barbeque is either going to be the St. Louis cut of ribs or more likely a barbecued pork steak.  Pork steak is most often cut from the shoulder part of the hog and this is a fatty cut of meat unless trimmed. The "steaks" are sliced 1" thick and are rimmed with fat.

The signature of a classic St. Louis barbeque is the sauce. St. Louis barbeque sauce is thinner with a bit more tang than the better known Kansas City BBQ Sauce.

Slow cooking over low heat is the key to creating a culinary barbecue masterpiece whether you're going for ribs or pork steak. For ribs liberally use a St. Louis style barbecue sauce and return the re-sauced ribs to the grill repeatedly for caramelizing. For St. Louis style pork steaks these should be slow grilled until done and then brushed with or dipped in St. Louis bbq sauce and returned to the grill for caramelizing, turning frequently.

So now you have a good idea on what makes up the different nuances of St. Louis style bbq except for one last critical step and that is at the very beginning -- the seasoning or rub. You need a good rub to balance the sauce and this one has some sweetness with a touch of sassy-attitude that best reflects what you'd find in a local St. Louis neighborhood.

The key to this rub is brown sugar which provides the sweetness while the celery salt rounds out the flavor profile, you'll also find a delicious hickory undertone.  This rub was a family secret given to us by a St. Louis native when we made some special blends for him.

Hand blended from brown sugar, domestic paprika, celery salt, garlic salt, hickory salt, onion powder, ancho chiles, red pepper flakes, fennel seed and black pepper.

You may also be interested in our other BBQ Rib Rubs - Memphis Style Dry Rib Rub, Kansas City Rib Rub, All American Dry Rub, Deep South Rub, Little Rock BBQ Rub, North Carolina Style and Pork Stank.

And if you're fairly new to the whole barbecue scene and want to learn more then check out these helpful articles - Types of Ribs, Create Your Own Dry Rub for Ribs Using 4 Tips from BBQ Restaurants ,The 11 Secrets to Smoking BBQ Ribs and if you don't have a smoker you can still get a decent smoked pork using your grill.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate2.4g1%

Dietary Fiber0.5g2%

Total Sugars1.6g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more

4.9 out of 5
14 total ratings.

John P. (Verified buyer) 01/17/2022
st louis rib rub great go to rib rub, not spicy I prefer a bit more heat but has good taste and color profile

Walter R. (Verified buyer) 09/12/2021
Enjoyed it very much Enjoyed it very much

conrad c. (Verified buyer) 05/03/2021
Great rub for the ribs! Great rub for the ribs! You can even mix a little bit with beef for great hamburgers.

Gene W. (Verified buyer) 04/25/2021
This spice changed the flavor This spice changed the flavor of my ribs tremendously. I have had so many people to comment on them, & a lot others wanted my receipt. I will be using you as time & spices go on.

jackie c. (Verified buyer) 02/13/2021
This one was a new This one was a new flavor we tried and it’s awesome! A little different than the Nashville rub so it’s nice to have variety!

Barry R. (Verified buyer) 07/25/2020
My friends consider the ribs My friends consider the ribs I cook to be restaurant quality. My only secret, other than long slow smoking, is your St. Louis Rib Rub.

Troy B. (Verified buyer) 07/06/2020
Best rub for St. Louis Ribs We bought this and hands down it has a great flavor profile, just enough sweet to make you want 10 more ribs

daniel b. (Verified buyer) 12/18/2019
very good very good

Cristina M. (Verified buyer) 02/20/2019
St. Louis Rub This is a great all around rub. The paprika really shines and cools down some of the spicier ingredients. The sweetness is subtle. I like to lay this one on thick to create a nice bark on ribs and butt roast. I sometimes use it on BBQ chicken. I’ve even used it to “blacken” some fish when I had run out of seafood seasoning. It coats meats fabulously without competing with the BBQ sauce.

Jeffrey H. (Verified buyer) 05/09/2018
No BBQ sauce needed This St. Louis rib rub has such a great combination of spices, none of which overpowered the other. Really completed the flavor profile I've been looking for on my spare ribs. No BBQ sauce needed?
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