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Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs

Kansas City Style Pork Back RibsThis recipe, featuring a dry rub spice mixture for pork ribs, was developed by Chef Paul Kirk, author of Paul Kirk’s Barbecue Sauces Cookbook.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 slabs pork back ribs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup paprika
3 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
1/2 cup honey

Cooking Directions:

  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.

Makes 5 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/5 of recipe): Calories 1145 calories Protein 63 grams Fat 76 grams Sodium 3102 milligrams Cholesterol 294 milligrams Saturated Fat 28 grams Carbohydrates 54 grams Fiber 3 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.