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Easy Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Spareribs

Categories: Entertaining, Fourth of July, On the Grill
Type: Main Dishes

Ribs coated with barbecue rub before they get cooked create a nice, crisp, dry crust on the outside.

Serves: Serves 4 to 6


  • 2 racks pork spareribs, up to 3lb (1.35kg) each

The sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons prepared brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon "liquid smoke" (optional)
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Traditional barbecue rub

  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
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  1. In a small bowl, combine all the rub ingredients and mix well. (If you want to multiply the quantities, this mixture will keep, covered and stored in a cool, dry place, for months; it's great with any pork cut or with chicken.)
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°F (95°C). Coat the ribs thoroughly with the barbecue rub, set them on baking sheets, and roast until the meat is tender and pulls easily from the bone (about 3 hours). Remove the ribs from the oven.
  3. While the ribs are cooking, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, and set aside.
  4. When the ribs are nearly done, light a small fire in your grill. You want a very low charcoal fire with the grill rack set as high as possible. When the ribs are done, put them on the grill for as long as your patience allows-at least until a light crust has formed, which can take from 10 to 20 minutes per side, depending on your fire. Of course, the longer the ribs cook, the better. Brush them with sauce during the last minute of cooking.
  5. Cut the racks into individual ribs and serve, passing the remaining sauce on the side.

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Excerpted from Grill It!.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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