How to Marinate & Dry Rub Beef Ribs

Barbecue ribs

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There are several marinades and dry rubs for beef ribs. Marinades are basically seasoned liquids that contain some sort of acidic ingredient such as wine, vinegar or citrus juice that tenderizes the meat. Dry rubs are a blend of dried herbs and spices that are rubbed on the ribs before cooking. You can ground the ingredients with a mortar, coffee grinder or a blender to make a powdered mixture.


Make your marinade. Use a acidic ingredient as a base and add your favorite herbs and spices. For example, add 2 cups red wine, one chopped onion, two minced cloves garlic, 2 tbsp. chopped parsley and 2 tbsp. chopped thyme into a saucepan. Simmer for two minutes to release the flavors. Add salt and pepper to taste. Chill before using.

Place your beef ribs in a bowl or a dish that is large enough to accommodate the meat. Pour the chilled marinade on the meat. Coat the meat fully with the marinade. Marinate the beef ribs from a few hours to 24 hours in the refrigerator, turning the meat occasionally.

Remove from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Cook the ribs.

Dry Rub

Stir together the herbs and spices for your dry rub. For example, make barbecue dry rub, stirring together ¼ cup toasted and powdered cumin seed, ¼ cup brown sugar, ½ cup hot or sweet paprika powder, ¼ cup chilli powder, 2 tbsp. ground red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. ground mace, ¼ cup salt and ¼ cup cracked black peppercorns. Stir together. Store, covered, in a cool place for up to six weeks.

Rub the spice mixture into the ribs and refrigerate for up to two hours. You can add more dry rub onto the ribs and turn them occasionally during the refrigeration.

Remove from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature. Cook the ribs.