Neely's Kansas City Style Pork Ribs

Total Time
4hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 4 hrs

The Neeley's have a cooking show on Food Network, and I love their recipes. If you love ribs like I do, you have got to TRY THESE!!! These ribs have some spice to them, so if you are making them for the kiddos or for those that don't like spicy food, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper to your liking. PLEASE NOTE: The preparation time does not include the time it takes for the ribs to sit in the fridge with the rub on (1-24 hrs.) ALSO: It takes 3-4 hours, depending on whether you slow cook them on the grill or in the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dry Rub:.
  2. Remove the thin white membrane off of the bone-side of the ribs. Mix together the brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Massage the rub into the ribs and let sit for 1 hour or up to overnight.
  3. If cooking on the grill, place the ribs meat-side down next to medium-hot coals that are about 225 degrees F. The indirect heat will cook them slower, making them tender. Allow to cook for 1 hour. Turn ribs every half hour and baste with the Kansas City Barbeque Sauce. Cook until the ribs are tender, about 3 to 4 hours.
  4. If cooking indoors, place in a roasting pan with a rack. Slather the ribs with the Kansas City Barbeque Sauce and tent a piece of aluminum foil over them. In a preheated 350 degrees F. oven, place the ribs, basting with the sauce every 30 minutes and removing the foil for the last 30 minutes and cooking until fork tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  5. Kansas City Barbeque Sauce:.
  6. In a small sauce pot on medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the onion, cooking until translucent.
  7. Add the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Add to sauce pan and let simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Use to baste the pork spare ribs.
  8. Makes 3 cups sauce.
Most Helpful

Love those Neeley's and their ribs too! These were so awesome and I ate way too much but it was worth it! I loved the rub and sauce combination, and I can see why their restaurant is so successful with recipes like this one!

MichelleOnTheLake July 17, 2009

Wow, are these ever good! I saw the Neely's make them, and was gonna post, but you beat me to it. The only thing I had to do was cut out the cayenne pepper, as I have some "babies" in my family. LOL Thanks for posting Linda.

Scoutie June 07, 2009