Texas Pork Ribs


This is a multiple prize-winning master recipe. It has several steps that can be used on pork spareribs, country-style ribs, or pretty much any other type of pork rib; simply adjust oven time up for meatier cuts. Use some soaked wood chips on the barbecue. The smokier the grill, the better the ribs will taste!

close up view of Texas Pork Ribs with sauce on a plate
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
13 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 6 pounds pork spareribs

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • ¼ cup salt

  • 2 ½ tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 5 tablespoons pan drippings

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • 4 cups ketchup

  • 3 cups hot water

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar

  • cayenne pepper to taste

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup wood chips, soaked


  1. Clean the ribs, and trim away any excess fat. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, 1/4 cup salt, ground black pepper, paprika, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Coat ribs liberally with spice mix. Place the ribs in two 10x15 inch roasting pans, piling two racks of ribs per pan. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Bake uncovered for 3 to 4 hours, or until the ribs are tender and nearly fall apart.

  3. Remove 5 tablespoons of drippings from the bottom of the roasting pans, and place in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in pan drippings until lightly browned and tender. Stir in ketchup, and heat for 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring constantly. Next, mix in water and brown sugar, and season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, adding water as necessary to achieve desired thickness.

  4. Preheat grill for medium-low heat.

  5. When ready to grill, add soaked wood chips to the coals or to the smoker box of a gas grill. Lightly oil grill grate. Place ribs on the grill two racks at a time so they are not crowded. Cook for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste ribs with sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling, so the sauce does not burn.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the rub ingredients. The actual amount of the rub consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
31g Fat
53g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 991mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 48g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 14mg 72%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 729mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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