Total Time
2hrs 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins

From Paul Kirk, the Baron of Barbecue, Kansas City, Missouri. On the menu for Labor Day.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Trim the fat from the ribs.
  2. In a bowl, add the paprika, garlic salt, onion powder, dried sage, celery seeds, and cayenne pepper; stir to combine.
  3. Sprinkle the rub mixture over both sides of the ribs; rub in using your fingers.
  4. Prepare grill for indirect grilling; medium heat.
  5. Place ribs with the bone side down on the grill rack over the drip pan.
  6. Cover and grill for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until ribs are tender, brush occasionally with apple juice after the ribs have grilled for 45 minutes.
Most Helpful

MMMMMMMMmmmmmm! The best ribs ever. I prepared 2lbs of ribs, cut back on the sage, added 1/2 tsp cumin, and omitted the apple juice, because I ended up baking these foil-wrapped in the oven for 4 1/2 hours at 225F. Nothing else needed doing when I unwrapped them, except eat them. Thanks so much for your recipe, NurseDi!

woodland hues December 14, 2003

Used coke instead of apple juice and cooked it in my slow cooker then on the grill at the end. Didn't have to wrap it in the slow cooker. If you like dry rub ribs, this is the recipe. If you like wet ribs, serve w BBQ sauce on the side or over at the last few minutes of cooking

cadillack9 July 05, 2010

Great dry rub. Used Stephanie's tip and put the apple juice in the spray bottle - worked great! Thank-you.

Kate57 July 12, 2009