You can buy hundreds of different dry barbecue rubs, and some are very good, but you don't need to. You can make a very good sweet and spicy rub with just a few basic ingredients. I'm going to share my recipe with you, but I encourage you to play around with it a little to tweak it to your individual tastes. Once you have everything combined, taste a little of the rub. You might want it spicier, or maybe with more onion or garlic. Maybe you like oregano - add some in. Obviously we like it this way, but it can be your base recipe. Build on it as you see fit.
Because I made this at the same time as my Barbecued Pork Spareribs, I didn't get an individual picture of the ingredients. Sorry!
1 Cup light brown sugar
2 Teaspoons, each, Lawry's season salt, onion powder and garlic powder
1 Teaspoon, each, black pepper, paprika and chili powder
1/2 Teaspoon cumin
1/8 Teaspoon, each, cayenne pepper and chipotle chile pepper powder
If you look closely, you can see all the seasonings nestled in the brown sugar. Mmmmmm!
This is good on anything you want to barbecue and use a dry rub for, not just ribs.