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This one has potential, but needs some work. Needs more “wow!”. More cayenne, more espresso, more black pepper. Less sugar. Needs something else…

2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp chili powder
2 1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp finely ground espresso
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir, breaking up any lumps.
2. Store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.

Makes enough for 1 rack of ribs.

dry rub

Well, really it’s compound butter. I’m just so damn angry that I hadn’t thought of this recipe on my own. And I’m sure you will be, too (though since I’m sharing, you’re probably so happy that we’re friends. You’re welcome). It’s honey-curry compound butter, for crying out loud!

Since I didn’t create it, I’m just gonna go ahead and provide a link to the recipe, saving myself minutes upon minutes of typing. Wow, look at all this time I now have…