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The Best Ribs Ever

This recipe is one of the main reasons I decided to make a recipe page. It is so delicious, and begged to be shared. I also recommend using the dry rub and  barbeque sauce on other cuts of meat, get creative! This recipe is an adaptation, find the original recipe here.


2 packages pork side ribs (4 pieces, about 4 lbs)

Dry Rub

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground pepper

  • 1 tsp dry mustard

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tbsp molasses

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

  • Pepper, to taste


Dry Rub

  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Set aside.

  2. On a work surface, use paper towels to peel away the white membrane (silverskin) on the back of the ribs. Sometimes I leave this on as it doesn't always want to come off. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and rub both sides generously with the spice rub. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

  3. With the rack in the middle position of the oven, preheat the oven to 325°F (170°C).

  4. Place the ribs in a covered dish (can overlap) or wrap in tin foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for about 3 hours, or until the meat is tender.

Barbecue Sauce

  1. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the spices in the butter for 1 minute. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes syrupy. Season with pepper.

  2. Once the ribs are finished, remove them from the oven. Turn the oven the broil (500°F). (You can also finish these on the BBQ)

  3. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and lay the ribs out on it. Brush the ribs generously with sauce on both sides. (There will probably be extra sauce, you can either serve it with the ribs if you like really messy ribs, or save it and use it on something else. It's really great on pork chops!)

  4. Broil the ribs, for about 5 minutes on each side. The sauce should become caramelized.

  5. Serve immediately and with something to wipe your face and hands with! Enjoy!

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