Barbecued Dry Rub Ribs, Memphis Style Recipe

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  • 2 Tbsp. Sweet paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chili pwdr see * Note
  • 1 1/2 tsp Granulated brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Freshly-grnd black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp Garlic pwdr
  • 3/4 tsp Onion pwdr A slab of spare ribs - (2 1/2 to 3 lbs)
  • 4 c. Wood chips (hickory, mesquite, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp. White vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  1. * Note: It's best if you use a high-quality chile pwdr - preferably one with a smoky flavor. My favorite for this recipe is Smoked Jalapeno Flakes made by Chile Today, Warm Tamale in North Brunswick, New Jersey.
  2. Mix together the paprika, Old Bay seasoning, chili pwdr, sugar, black pepper, garlic pwdr and onion pwdr in a bowl. Rub half the mix all over the slab of spare ribs, on every side. Reserve the other half of the dry rub mix.
  3. Heat the oven to 215 degrees. While the oven is warming, soak the wood chips in cool water to cover (for about 20 min).
  4. Remove the chips from water and spread them proportionately in the base of the smoker. Place the smoker, uncovered, on top of two stove-top burners set at medium-high heat. Let the wood chips smoke for about 3 min. Then place the slab of ribs on the smoker tray, place the tray over the wood chips, and cover the smoker tightly with its lid. Turn heat down to medium, and leave the smoker on the burners for 5 min. Then transfer smoker to the oven, placing it on the oven floor.
  5. After the ribs have been in the oven for 1 1/2 hrs, remove the smoker and once again place it over two burners set at medium heat for 5 min. Return smoker to oven floor.
  6. After the ribs have been in the oven for one hour more, remove the smoker from the oven. Carefully lift up the tray holding the ribs, and pour off the liquid which has accumulated in the tray. Reserve. Return tray with ribs to middle portion of oven, and cook for one hour more.
  7. While ribs are cooking, de-grease the reserved cooking liquid, and measure 2 Tbsp. of it into a bowl. If you do not have 2 Tbsp. make up the difference with water. Add in the vinegar and blend well. Reserve. Add in the salt to the remaining dry rub mix and blend well. Reserve.
  8. Remove ribs from oven and brush top side with the cooking liquid-vinegar mix. Then sprinkle the salted dry rub mix proportionately over the top side of the ribs. Return to middle portion of oven, and cook one hour more.
  9. Remove ribs from oven. Let stand 15 min. Carve into individual ribs and serve.
  10. Suggested Wine: Qupe Syrah - 1995


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Recipe %DV
Recipe Size 61g
Calories 107  
Calories from Fat 23 21%
Total Fat 2.73g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.47g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 1305mg 54%
Potassium 450mg 13%
Total Carbs 22.12g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6.9g 23%
Sugars 10.46g 7%
Protein 3.17g 5%
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