BBQ Dry Rub Recipe

Inspired by Memphis Roundevous Dry Rub Ribs

The Charlie Vergos Roundevous restaurant in Memphis is well known for its delicious dry rub barbecue. This recipe is a simple inspired version of their rub.

Cook Time: 60-120 min


  • Ribs
  • 4 cups white distilled vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup Rendezvous Famous Seasoning Rub (see below)
  • 2 slabs pork loin back ribs (approximately 2 pounds each)
  • Seasoning Rub

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp celery seed
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chile powder
  • Directions

    Combine Seasoning Rub ingredients and set aside.

    Make a basting sauce by mixing the vinegar, water and seasoning together and set aside.

    Cook meat over direct heat approximately 18-inches above grill fire. Coals should be at 325 to 350 degrees.

    Start ribs bone side down, until bone side is golden brown. Baste each side with the basting sauce at two different times, then flip slab and cook meat side down until this side reaches a nice golden brown.

    The meat is ready when it is so hot that you cannot touch it with your fingers. That is approximately 30 minutes per side.

    Baste again and sprinkle with Rendezvous world famous seasoning and you are ready to serve.

    Recipe courtesy Nick Vergos of Charlie Vergos Rendezvous restaurant, Memphis, Tenn.