Over 27 years ago our family opened a bbq restaurant in Tomball, Texas. The single most important thing on the menu at the Original Rib Tickler was and is you guessed it- Ribs!!!  OK ya'll,  Rib Rub is a BBQ term used in Texas for a spice blend "rubbed" into the meat and then, if you know what you're doing, you let that spice sit for a while and permeate into the Rib so it takes on the flavors.

 At the Original Rib Tickler we let ours sit overnight but in a pinch a few hours will work just fine.  Mom came up with this recipe the first week we opened and it was dead on perfect and we haven't changed it since that first week in business in 1984.  We still make this in small batches(2 gallons to make sure its right) by hand and the original recipe is known by all of four people(Mom,Dad, Son #2, and pitmaster of 22 years).  A dash of salt(too much dries the meat!), chili pepper, paprika, garlic, onion just to name a few on the list.  No, you can't have the whole list.   Rub this on any Rib, pork tenderloin, beef roast, pork butt or even a brisket and start smoking the good stuff.

Watch our video on Youtube to see the demo of this spice in action!

 8 oz Wild West Rib Rub available in 1, 2, 3 or 4 packs for $11.95 each.



Since ‘84, Sylvia and Ted Johnson have been sharing life and BBQ with friends and family.  Offering award winning slow, smoked BBQ made with homemade sauces and plenty of sides.  Five generations of family have worked in the “RT”.  We still smoke the good stuff with wood, make everything (and we mean everything) from scratch.  Potato salad comes from potatoes, coleslaw starts as cabbage. Every day, you can count on enjoying a mouthful of flavorful brisket, falls off the bone ribs, delicately smoked turkey, link sausages and more.  Check out our full menu here.

Come hungry!  We have a bit of Texas waiting for you.


When it comes to catering, we bring a bit of Texas to your wedding, corporate party, birthday, bridal shower, baby shower and make it one to remember.
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Whether you are a homesick Texan or just a grilling maniac, you will find a great assortment of goodies ready and available for shipping anywhere in these United States. 

The RT Spice Assortment is offered along with easy to follow videos to bring out the best in your meats and make you the hero at home.  Click here to order spices and kitchen aids to make you the grill master. 

Love your RT BBQ?  Wear it well!  We get BBQ sauce on our t-shirts, hats, aprons and more every time.  Now you can too.  Cheer up your closet here!