Dry Rub for Ribs

A little more work that merely painting store-bought barbecue sauce on ribs and grilling them, but so very much better.

We have a long weekend coming up in Ontario. If you have an extra day off, go to the store, get the spices and other ingredients you need, then take some of that bonus time for yourself and make these ribs. I think they’re the best ribs I’ve ever made. And probably the best ribs I’ve ever eaten: flavourful, tender, falling-off-the-bone meat.

Here’s the step-by-step.

Get all the spices out.

Spices all in one place.

Spices all in one place.

Make the rub. Start with brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

Add the smoked paprika.

Add paprika.

Add paprika.

And the white sugar and chili powder.

White sugar and chili powder are added.

White sugar and chili powder are added.

Then the salt and pepper are added to the mixture.

Salt and pepper go into the mix.

Salt and pepper go into the mix.

Add the remaining ingredients: celery seed, thyme, cumin, dry mustard powder, dried coriander and ground allspice.

Celery seed, thyme, cumin, dry mustard powder, dried coriander and ground allspice.

Celery seed, thyme, cumin, dry mustard powder, dried coriander and ground allspice.

Mix all the dry rub ingredients together.

This is the dry rub.

This is the dry rub.

Lay some tin foil out in an ovenproof container and place the ribs on top.

Pork back ribs.

Pork back ribs.

Coat one side with half the rub.

Spice rubbed ribs.

Spice rubbed ribs.

Flip the ribs over and repeat. Use all the dry rub.

Really pack the spice on the ribs.

Really pack the spice on the ribs.

Wrap the ribs in foil and put them in the oven.

Ribs, wrapped in foil.

Ribs, wrapped in foil.

After two hours in a low oven, the ribs look just like this.
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Now, the painting on of barbecue sauce can happen.
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‘Barbecued’ ribs.
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Served.

Best ever ribs.

Best ever ribs.

Dry Rub for Ribs

Ingredients

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup smoked paprika
2 tsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. ancho chili powder
1 Tbsp. coarse salt
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
1 Tbsp. celery seeds
2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1 tsp. dried coriander
1 tsp. ground allspice

1-1/2 – 2 lbs. pork back ribs

Method

Mix all ingredients (not the ribs, though) in a bowl.
Rub pork ribs liberally with the spices, wrap in tin foil and bake in a 300° oven for 2 hours.
Brush the ribs with a thin layer of your choice of barbecue sauce and finish on the grill.

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8 thoughts on “Dry Rub for Ribs

  1. I have to say that I love the sound of the rub you made and the ribs looks fantastic. If you are looking for a great beer to go along with the ribs follow my blog for great recommendations.

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