JavaBrewBQ® Smoked Pork Ribs

This recipe was inspired by Susie Bulloch’s homemade coffee rub recipe (Homemade Coffee Rub - Hey Grill, Hey (, and it does not disappoint. Ribs have a crisp flavorful outside and juicy goodness inside. This rub was originally created for beef, but also provides great flavor for pork. The spice level is low in the recipe, so adjust cayenne & brown sugar to taste.


  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne 
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  1. Mix together thoroughly, using a fork to make sure there are no clumps. This rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to a month.
  2. Liberally apply dry rub to two racks of pork ribs and let sit for for 2-4 hours. This will allow the rub to penetrate the meat for fuller flavor. 
  3. Set pellet grill to 180 degrees. 
  4. Wrap the ribs loosely in aluminum foil and smoke for 2 hours with lid closed,    using JavaBrewBQ® Premium Grilling Pellets.
  5. Remove foil and increase grill temperature to 225°
  6. Return ribs to the grill uncovered for 1-2 hours or until the pork reaches an internal temp of 145°