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Memphis-style Dry Rub Ribs

Memphis-style Dry Rub Ribs

Total Time:

3hrs 30mins




3hrs 20mins

Skill Level:



  • 1 - 2 racks pork ribs
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

How to Make It


Preheat the oven to 300˚F.


Place the ribs on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle with salt, cover with another piece of foil, pressing down around them to tightly cover the ribs, and bake for about 3 hours, until the ribs are very tender. If you like, pre-cook the ribs up to this point, cool and refrigerate for up to 3 days; finish in the oven or on the barbecue.


Meanwhile, combine the spices in a small dish.


Uncover the ribs, turn the heat up to 450˚F (or preheat the barbecue to medium-high), sprinkle the ribs generously with the dry spice mixture (rub it all over the surface with your fingers if the meat is cool enough) and bake or grill for 10-20 minutes, until the ribs have darkened and the edges are caramelized.

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