Competition Bar-B-Q Ribs

READY IN: 4hrs 45mins
Recipe by Mike McCarthy

Recipe from FoodTV. Made it for my wife's family and they absolutely loved them.

Top Review by less2saw

I made this today, and really think that I could make this work for my family. The ribs were very tender and not dried at all. I think the addition of liquid made all the difference, and may try different flavors just for a change. The rub is excellent, but I found that it was too strong from the beginning. When I make it again I am planning to use it more as a medium spice. Then I'll add the additional brown sugar/spice mix a bit earlier. A crust is unnecessary. This doesn't have to be dredged in the spice for our taste. I will use Tyler Florenz ultimate rib sauce to finish it. A bit spicy, some fruit in the sauce helps.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Raw Preparation: Place slab of ribs bone side down on table.
  2. Slide knife under the membrane and against the end bone to separate the 2.
  3. With a dry paper towel, grasp the edge of the thin membrane and pull.
  4. The entire membrane should separate from the rib.
  5. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  6. Combine First Stage rub and mix well.
  7. Generously apply rub onto the front and back sides of ribs.
  8. Gently pat to ensure that rub will adhere.
  9. Place ribs meat-side up on a broiler pan and bake for 2 1/4 hours.
  10. Remove ribs from oven.
  11. Place each rib meat-side down on its own doubled aluminum foil square.
  12. Foil should be large enough to completely wrap rib.
  13. Mix the Second Stage juices.
  14. Pour 1 cup of liquid over each rib.
  15. At the same time wrap and seal each rib tight.
  16. Return to the oven for 1 hour.
  17. Remove wrapped ribs from oven.
  18. Remove from foil and apply a medium coat of the Third Stage rub mixed with 3/4 cup of first stage ingredients to the meat-side of the ribs.
  19. Place uncovered in the oven meat-side up for 30 minutes.
  20. Remove ribs from oven and increase oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  21. Brush finishing glaze on both sides of ribs.
  22. Place ribs in oven for 10 minutes, or until sauce caramelizes.

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