I have used this simple rub to make ribs on the barbi in both Memphis, where I learned, and England, where I now live. The dry rub will stop the ribs from burning on the outside, as happens with some wet sauces. This rub is hot and sweet, which makes it perfect for ribs. The proportions of ingredients can be adjusted to taste. On two continents, I've received nothing but compliments for this recipe. I use this for approximately 2 kilograms ribs.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix freshly ground black pepper, ground cayenne pepper, dark brown sugar and salt. Rub thoroughly into ribs, using as little or as much as you like, before grilling as desired.

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Nutrition Facts

102.2 calories; 1.4 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 2625.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2007
Addicted! I use this as a rub on pork loin and pork chops. I adjusted the recipe to 3/4 c. brown sugar, 2 T. Cayenne, 2 T. Black pepper, 1 T. Salt. Goes perfectly with sweet potatoes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/26/2005
My husband and I like spicy food and hot wings but man this is WAY too much! Read More
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106 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 17
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2007
Addicted! I use this as a rub on pork loin and pork chops. I adjusted the recipe to 3/4 c. brown sugar, 2 T. Cayenne, 2 T. Black pepper, 1 T. Salt. Goes perfectly with sweet potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2007
This is an excellent recipe! I adjusted it slightly and added garlic powder and onion powder which made the ribs truly spectacular and the flavor was incredible! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This recipe did just what it claimed to do and more. Easy to prepare - no muss no fuss. No burnt spots on the pork ribs even after being on the BBQ for 45 minutes. Held all the juices inside by far the juiciest ribs I've ever BBQ'd. The best compliment came from my 8 year old who could not get enough -- she even gave up her dessert to have more of these ribs... and that is a 1st for her to eat my BBQ ribs like that. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2004
I altered the recipe a bit for one I didn't have cayenne pepper and I left my recipe on my desk so what I could remember was the brown sugar and peppers. I did 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup black pepper 1/4 cup Montreal Steak Seasoning rubbed it on and grilled 5 mins (top/bottom) and served. Yummy! I would have left out the salt even if I remembered because I don't use salt in my recipies unless it's cookies. Thanks for sharing this great recipie!! I wonder if it works as good with chicken!! I'll try it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was a fantastic version of the country style ribs!! I had no cayenne pepper so I substituted Pampered Chef Cajun Seasoning. It was pretty spicy at first however after a few bites the flavor was great. I baked them in the oven and they were sooooo juicy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2004
Great easy recipe if you like SPICY. It certainly made the meat so tender it fell off the bone. I cooked my ribs on a low heat 275 for about 2 hours then topped with a bottled sauce the kids like sticky fingers!! I would have given it 5 stars for heat! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/26/2005
My husband and I like spicy food and hot wings but man this is WAY too much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2005
SLAMMIN' ABSOLUTELY THE BEST THANK YOU Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/02/2009
4 stars because I didn't make it exactly as stated. When I saw 1/2 cup cayenne I almost passed up the recipe but reading the other comments I was able to use this recipe as a skeleton and it was very good. 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp cayenne 1 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp onioni salt and 1/2 tsp garlic salt for 2 kg of rib buttons. Throw into slow cooker on Hi for 6 hours. My husband told me to use this instead of dry garlic for spareribs in the future. Thanks for the inspiration! Read More
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