Time for some great original Memphis BBQ with this wonderful rub from Marlowe Restaurant in Memphis (on Elvis Presley Boulevard of course). I have cut the size down to home friendly. This is mainly a pork rub for ribs or pork butt but could be used on other meats.
Publisher’s Note: Originally published June 26, 2010. Re-edited and updated May 29, 2018.
This is a great all around pork rub although you could use it on almost any meat. Don’t skip the “secret ingredient” which is the Marlowe Black Magic Seasoning
The recipes were given to Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives by the restaurant. But the original recipe (apparently already cut down) produced 11 1/2 cups of rub plus you need to put together “Marlowe’s Black Magic” and that recipe is 12 more cups of spices.
Oh yeah, it is a strong 5.
Not really “Cooking For Two” friendly nor home cooking friendly in general. So I cut them down. For the rub, I used 2 tablespoons for every cup of an ingredient. A 1:8 reduction was making about 1 1/2 cup of rub. The “Black Magic” of which I only needed 1 tablespoon I cut down by 1 teaspoon for each cup. A 1:48 reduction was making about 4 tablespoons.
Marlowe's of Memphis BBQ Dry Rub
- 6 tablespoons paprika
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons onion powder
- 2 tablespoons seasoned salt - Lowery's
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Black Magic spice mix
- Mix well, seal tight and store.
Nutrition is generally for one serving. Number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of normal serving size for this recipe.
All nutritional information are estimates and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average used.
Originally published June 26, 2010.