Thursday, June 4, 2009

MiMi's Dry Rub Ribs

My family LOVES ribs!  A few years ago, I started developing my own recipe for a dry rub and I am constantly "tweaking it".  This is the latest combination of spices that I am using to cook some mouth-watering ribs.  Hope you enjoy!

Dry Rub Seasoning Mix:

1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup black pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. celery seed
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. sweet basil
1 Tbsp. ground mustard
1 Tbsp. onion powder

Combine all dry ingredients and set aside. ( This recipe will make more dry rub than you will need, but can be stored in an airtight container in a dark place and can be used for any type of pork that you would like to cook.)

I use Baby Back Pork ribs, but you could certainly use spare ribs, if you prefer.

Flip racks of ribs over with bone side up. Start at one end of rack and remove thin membrane that runs across the entire length of the ribs. Pull slowly and the membrane will come off in one continuous piece.

Generously apply dry rub to both sides of racks of ribs -- working into the meat well with fingertips.

Place dry rub-coated ribs in a roaster pan.

Add 1/2 cup water and the secret ingredient...... 1 cup cola.

Cover tightly with foil and place in 400 degree oven for approximately an hour.

Remove from oven.  Set aside while you mix up the basting sauce.

Basting Sauce:

2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
1/2 cup dry rub seasoning mix

Combine vinegar, water and seasoning mix. Mix well.

Place ribs on grill - bone side down first. 

Cook 15 -20 minutes over medium heat, basting 4-5 times with a basting sauce. Turn ribs over and repeat.

** When ribs are almost cooked to desired doneness, you may baste with barbecue sauce, if desired. 

Remove ribs from grill when they reach desired doneness. 


Anita said...

Oh yummmm! You know we've never cooked ribs because we are so afraid of ruining them.............I'm going to try this one!

Faith said...

Oh yeah! Makin' my mouth water just looking at them!

MomMom said...

Looks delicious!! I've never cooked ribs because I really didn't know how to make them taste like they should but my husband loves them. I'm going to try this for sure!!!

andrea said...

my hubby and I are reading this mouthwatering as we see those pictures!! How delicious...perfect for summer! mmmmmmmmmm...

Donna-FFW said...

Oh those ribs look delicious!! Interesting they are baked a bit first. The rub sounds delicious!

Gretchen and Jimmy said...

You must of read my mind! Jimmy and I are trying ribs for the first time this weekend on our new grill and we have no idea how to cook them!!! Plus my future inlaws are coming over too so I want them to be good!!

I'll be making these with your mac and cheese recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing all these great recipes!!!! :)

Becky said...

Lookin good!!! Alvin and I were talking about ribs tonight. We are both rib hungry.....too bad you live so far away!!!

Cathy said...

Can I get directions to your house? Ha! Your recipes make me salivate!

MiMi said...

Baking them a little bit first makes them cook much faster on the grill than they would. I have also parboiled the ribs for approximately 30 minutes (instead of baking them), then apply the rub and then grill and they are also good that way.

As I said, you can apply barbecue sauce of your choice near the end, if desired, but my family really likes them just plain dry rub with no sauce.

For all of ya'll that are afraid and have never tried ribs, this is an easy way of cooking them that you really can't mess up!

Betsy said...

Goodness...I have just been looking over your past few recipes. They all look so DELICIOUS!!!! I love your cooking blog!! :) I am definitely trying that corn on the grill. Mmmmm!

JMBMOMMY said...

Wow, how yummy. Maybe I'll get back to cooking soon....setting up a new house takes all my energy these days. But ribs...yum!

Jenny said...

Wow! Those look wonderful!

The Patterson 5 said...

Mimi! I am nominating you for a blogging award! It will be posted late tonight/tomorrow! You don't have to do the sevens if you do not want to! I made your spicy smoked sausage crock pot meal for my parents and EVERYONE LOVED it! I'm planning on making more of your recipes!

Anonymous said...

Me and my girlfriend made these last night for our husbands and they LOVED them! Easy and delicious!