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Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs

Rated as 4.9 out of 5 Stars

"These Kansas City-style pork back ribs are a little spicy, a little sweet, and grilled to tender, juicy perfection."
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2 h 15 m servings 1193 cals
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. In pint-jar with tight-fitting lid, combine sugar, paprika, seasoned salt, chili powder, black pepper, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, ground sage and dry mustard. Place lid on jar and shake jar to combine thoroughly. Set spice rub aside. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
  2. In small saucepan over low heat, stir together barbecue sauce and honey. Heat through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Set barbecue glaze aside, keep warm or at room temperature before using. (If storing for more than 2 hours, cover and refrigerate. Reheat gently before using).
  3. Pat ribs dry with paper towels and season generously with spice rub, using about 4-6 tablespoons for each slab of ribs. Grill over indirect heat in a covered grill or smoker for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn ribs once during cooking, about halfway through. Ribs are done when the meat is very tender (insert a paring knife between ribs to determine); they will pull apart fairly easily. About 20 minutes before ribs are done, baste heavily with barbecue glaze. If you like your ribs extra sticky, baste again 10 minutes before removing from the grill.


  • This recipe was developed by Chef Paul Kirk, author of Paul Kirk's Barbecue Sauces Cookbook.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1193 calories; 72.5 g fat; 77.1 g carbohydrates; 60.2 g protein; 281 mg cholesterol; 3380 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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I ended up braising the ribs in my oven at 300 degrees for about 2 hours and then put them on the BBQ with the sauce for about 15 minutes. Delicious! If you don't want to worry about them on t...

Very good recipe. I made the ribs in the oven at 300 degrees for three hours then put the bbq sauce on them for an hour. Finished them off by removing the foil just to expose the ribs under a l...

These ribs were fantastic. My family and I agreed that these were probably the best ribs we had ever had. I cooked the ribs uncovered in the oven @ 325 for 2 hours and finished them off on the...

Damn these were good! My BBQ died 1/2 way through, so I wrapped them tightly in foil and baked them in the oven set at 300, brushed BBQ sauce on them and broiled them a bit to finish 'em off. Th...

We just committed the 3rd deadly sin, GLUTTONY! WOW, these ribs are sooo good. My husband, a confirmed rib hater, loved them. I did mine in a roaster in the oven at 325 for a couple of hour...

Oh my Gosh! I needed this recipe because I am making these for the second time (in just three weeks), and I thought I had better make sure and tell anyone, master griller or not, that these ribs...

Do not change a thing about the seasonings for this recipe. Right on the taste buds. Everything plays against each other in the most wonderful way. Cooked as suggested on the grill, yes, very, v...

My husband and 3 yr old daughter both loved this. Just the right about of spice. I didn't have onion powder and celery salt but did have caesar drink rimmer, so used that.

Fixed this for father's day - kind of risky trying a new recipe for this occasion. It was fabulous!!!! We really liked the ingredients, so we went for it - and I would highly recommend this re...