Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs
I got this recipe from an elderly gentleman who volunteered to cook up a bunch of ribs for a fundraiser I was hosting. The fundraiser was a huge success, and my family and I have enjoyed this recipe immensely over the years. You can use either baby back or spareribs. Even country style ribs will work, but you'll have to adjust the cooking time.
- Ready In:
- 6hrs 20mins
- 6 lbs ribs (Trimmed)
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons dry mustard
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon dry rub seasonings
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- Remove the membrane from the back of the slab of ribs. Just work your finger up under the paper thin membrane and peel off.
- Combine next 8 ingredients and rub into the ribs on both sides. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill over night.
- Remove plastic and let come to room temp before grilling.
- Prepare smoker or grill using indirect heating method.
- Smoke ribs at 225-230 for 4-5 hours, turning and basting every 50 minutes. You can use a Webber-style grill, but you'll have to cut back on the recommended number of briquettes to keep the heat down. Use hickory, apple, or pecan for the smoke.
- For the basting sauce: combine the cider, water, rub, salt, and liquid smoke.
- Ribs are done when meat has pulled back from the ends of the rib bones 1/4"-3/8" and when you give a bone a twist it comes free from the meet.
- Remove, sprinkle with a little salt, brush with honey, and wrap in foil and let rest for 15 - 20 minute.
- Slice in one or two bone sections--enjoy!
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I ended up wrapping these in foil because my cheap plastic wrap wouldn't cooperate. The grill man decided to grill them in the foil rather than smoking/grilling loose, and did not use the mop. We discovered that the rub really doesn't stand on its own and therefore we did not like the ribs. I have half uncooked in the freezer (fewer were eating than I planned for) and I will try to cook them properly.Reply