By "Pink Eyed" Jim Cortina on February 11, 2004
Photo by Nat Da Brat
Photo by Nat Da Brat
"My favorite sticky, ooey, falling apart spareribs, also included is a recipe for my famous homemade sauce!"
Serving Size: 1 (185 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
"I have used this recipe for both the sauce and the rub many times now. Initially I followed the ingredients exactly and found the flavors work very well together. Preparation is straightforward and easy. I did get some negative comments on the lime in the sauce and have since left that out. I now tweak both the rub and the sauce to match my tastes IE Chipotle in place of Cayenne in both, I grate the onion used in the sauce to release the juices etc.
Based on reviews I only applied the rub once the night before and agree that that is a sufficient amount to do the job well. Also note, Don't forget to prep the racks of ribs by removing the membrane on the bone side prior to applying the rub. If you forget to get the rub on the night before it is not a show stopper but Do try to give it at least an hour for the salt in the rub to do it's osmosis thing.
This cooking method works just fine but remember, as with any long slow cooking method, the times are just a guideline. A good indicator for ribs is when 1/4 of an inch of the bone ends are exposed they should be pretty much done and ready for finishing. In my opinion and based on experience, if they are "falling off the bone" they are overcooked, if the bone ends are not exposed by at least a quarter inch they are undercooked. I prefer to finish my ribs on the grill but they finish just fine in the oven.
Also keep in mind this recipe calls for Spare Ribs. Baby Backs and "Southern Style" ribs will require different cooking times. For baby backs I get great results with this rub and sauce using the cooking method and time guideline in Recipe #88204.
I have used both the sauce and the rub on chicken and beef with good results. I also use the rub when making pulled pork in my crock pot.
Bottom line is, You can't go wrong with this recipe as is and it is easily tweakable to suite your own tastes. I always have an ample supply of the rub on hand in my pantry, and when I make the sauce it is always a double or triple batch. Two tips, Line the baking sheets with foil or parchment (unless you enjoy scrubbing) and I use racks to keep the ribs off the bottom of the pans."
"Hands down, the BEST ribs I've ever made, The rub and the sauce compliment each other perfectly. I followed the recipe exactly except I used smoked paprika because that's all I had. Next time I'm going to finish them on the grill then decide which way to do it the time after that. Delicious!"
"Should be more stars!! Additional stars for flexibillaty. Pork Ribs: Followed instructions for rub and sauce. Baked in the oven till tender with the rub. Then grilled to heat with the sauce. "Oh so good". "Great rub" and "Super sauce". Perfect Ribs. Chicken Brests: I had rub left over and used it for the brests. Grilled them with the sauce. Juicy and delicious. Shrimp: With the left-over sauce. Sprayed the shrimp with Olive Oil, seasoned with pepper, garlic powder & onion powder. Grilled with the last of the sauce. "Oh My How Good"!! Rub and Sauce have been added to my keepers. Thank you from the "bottom of my heart". DH and I can't wait for the next family "do"."
"I have been using this recipe for barbecue sauce since 2005! The recipe is always in my cupboard ready to go! I have added items and left some items out over the years...it is always delicious and everyone loves it and asks for it! Thank you!"
"I messed up I added the beer to the dry rub. It was listed as one of the ingredients for the dry rub. Dindt realize it was to baste the ribs. Hope it comes out ok. Will know tomorrow."
"I ended up canning the sauce and making the rub for Christmas presents! It is nice to have a sauce that doesn't taste like the stuff you buy at the store!!!"
"I followed everything to a T and as much as I wanted to love this recipe, it just didn't work for us. The sauce was actually better to me than the rub. It was just too spicy for the kids to eat. I wish I could give it more stars. Thanks, though."
"One word:AMAZING!!!! I followed the recipe closely except I didn't have liquid smoke so I left it out. The BBQ sauce is incredible. I usually buy "Famous Daves" BBQ sauce online but this sauce is even better. Thank you so very very much for the recipe."
"Followed your rub except for the cayenne pepper as I didn't want the heat with kids. I did use a smokey paprika and smokey pepper. Basted with beer (kids didn't notice..lol) and then finished off with BullsEye BBQ sauce. Cooked for 3 hrs at 250 and they were delicious. My SO told me to keep the recipe and not to change a thing for next time. My son said they were better then the ribs we get a Ribfest. Next time I will have to try the sauce. Thanks so much for a terrific recipe Jim."
"I have used the rub on my ribs 2 times already and i followed your cooking instructions as well. We used our favorite store bought BBQ sauce and they where falling off the bone delicous! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe. I will eventually try your sauce and will update my review when I do so. Thanks again Jim!"
"I only used the rub for our ribs and it was pretty tasty! I only rubbed them once and saved the remaining rub for some chicken later on. It definitely had lots of flavor and next time I will try the sauce. I baked them at 275 for 2 hours and then at 325 for another hour. They were very tender and yummy. I basted them in beer a couple of times during the cooking process. I will make these again for sure!"
"I brought this to the our annual cousins b-b-que last summer...it was a HIT! I am now the "cousin who brings the ribs"...outstanding!"
"LOVED this Recipe I've been looking for a goto for a Rub and BBQ sauce and got both of them!"
"I use the dry rub section of this for pork ribs and pulled pork. Fantastic. I started using this in October of 2004 and just realized I never rated it. Thanks for posting."
"I'm giving this one 5 stars because my wife loves them. I'm not much for ribs, but this one's a keeper. Next time, I'm going to try the rub and sauce on chicken! Thanks for posting!"
"Update!!! The second time I made these I used the recipes BBQ sauce. INCREDIBLE!!!!! Do this absolutely fabulous recipe!!!!! These are AWESOME!!!! I swayed a bit from the BBQ sauce recipe since my family likes my sauce but followed the rub and recipe exactly after that. If you do anything, do the rub overnight because it makes a big difference. They are tangy and falling off the bone FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Thank you so much, Jim!!!"
"These are some good eating! The rub and sauce is what I would consider to be the perfect combination for ribs, pork, or chicken! It's right here for the taking, so do try it!"