Memphis Pork Baby Back Ribs


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Memphis Pork Baby Back Ribs

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    These barbecue ribs are rubbed with a homemade spice mix and then basted with a homemade Memphis sauce.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee paprika
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee black pepper
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee ground cumin
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee ground dry mustard
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee garlic powder
    ½ tsp. celery salt
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee cayenne pepper
    1 (4-to-5-lbs.) pkg. pork loin back ribs
    Applewood chips, soaked
    Memphis BBQ Sauce
    ½ c. water
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee tomato paste
    ¼ c. Hy-Vee ketchup
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee yellow mustard
    2 tbsp. molasses
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee apple cider vinegar
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee honey
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee soy sauce
    1 tbsp. Hy-Vee Worcestershire sauce

    Things To Grab

    • Small bowl
    • Saucepan
    • Charcoal or gas grill


    1. Combine paprika, brown sugar, black pepper, cumin, mustard, garlic powder, celery salt, and cayenne pepper; reserve 1 teaspoon rub for sauce. Sprinkle remaining rub over ribs; gently pat to coat. Refrigerate 1 hour. 

    2. Prepare Memphis BBQ Sauce: Combine water, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, yellow mustard, molasses, apple cider vinegar, honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon rub mixture in a large saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring often.

    3. Preheat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking over medium-low heat. For charcoal grill, sprinkle wood chips over coals. For gas grill, place woodchips in a pouch or smoker box; place on rack over direct heat. Add ribs to grill when chips begin to smoke. Grill 3 to 4 hours or until tender (185 to 190 degrees), brushing with sauce every 10 minutes during the last 30 minutes. Let stand 20 minutes, then serve with remaining sauce.

    Nutrition facts


    790 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 47g
    • Cholesterol: 195mg
    • Sodium: 980mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 33g
    • Protein: 57g

    Daily Values

    Iron 20%
    Calcium 10%
    Vitamin D 15%
    Potassium 25%