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Kansas City BBQ Ribs

Rated as 4.25 out of 5 Stars

"Get your napkins ready! These sumptuous ribs will be devoured by one and all. The overnight rest in the fridge lets the spice rub penetrate and really flavor these meaty ribs."
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11 h 25 m servings 872
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Grind salt and fennel seed together in a blender or coffee grinder. Stir fennel-salt mixture, sugar, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder together in a bowl.
  2. Cut each pork slab into 3 pieces, about 5 ribs each. Pat ribs dry with a paper towel and rub spice mixture over each piece. Place ribs on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.
  3. Allow ribs to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat grill between 270 degrees F (132 degrees C) and 300 degrees F (149 degrees C) for indirect grilling and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Grill ribs on the preheated grill with the cover down, turning once, until no longer pink in the center, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  6. Combine barbeque sauce, honey, and cider vinegar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thickened and smooth, about 10 minutes. Brush sauce onto ribs.
  7. Cook ribs for 15 minutes; flip, baste the other side, and cook until ribs are glazed and tender when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes more. Let ribs stand for 10 minutes before serving.


  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the spice rub ingredients. The actual amount of spice rub consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 872 calories; 59.9 32.9 49.6 234 2907 Full nutrition

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Spicy but good!

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These ribs were not at all impressive, I didn't feel the dry rub mixed with the BBQ sauce complimented eachother in any way.

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Spicy but good!

These ribs were not at all impressive, I didn't feel the dry rub mixed with the BBQ sauce complimented eachother in any way.

You will love these ribs—they're the best I ever made! I prepped them the night before so the flavors could develop, and I could have a relaxing day!

I made the recipe as written. I haven't ever added fennel to any of my BBQ recipies. We couldn't decide if we liked that flavor or not. We ate them again for left overs to see if we did or no...

Low and slow is hours not 90 minutes. Whether I am doing ribs on my grill or electric smoker or my oven, I cook them for a minimum of 4 hours at between 225 and 275 degrees. Other than that th...

These ribs were delicious! I marinaded them overnight with the rub and followed the recipe without alterations aside from the fact that I had access to a smoker later in the cooking cycle. I bro...

Don't change a thing! This recipe is perfect.

I over cooked the ribs, but it was still very good. Will make again and keep a closer watch on the time.

I made these for dinner party of 20, they were easy to make ( I omitted the fennel I find it's an acquired taste), they were a huge hit everyone loved them. Will make these again