Hound's Barbecue Spare Ribs

Hound's Barbecue Spare Ribs

5 reviews, 4.6 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Slow smoked pork ribs done the proper Texas way.


1 Rack pork spare ribs; about 3 - 3.5 lbs.
1 cup Yellow Mustard; optional
1 cup Barbecue Rub, as follows:
1/2 cup Kosher salt
1/2 cup Fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup Brown sugar; optional
1/2 cup Paprika; good
1/3 cup onion/garlic powder
1/3 cup chili powder; good
1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 tablespoon cumin; 1 tablespoon each
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon Coleman's dry mustard
1 teaspoon Cayenne

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Barbecue does not include foil or crockpots and bbq sauce is to be served at the table. Good barbecue ribs simply do not require and are not improved by sauce. As for rubs, I submit a recipe to get you started but salt and pepper work fine and you should find a mixture you like with salt and pepper as the main ingredients and the rest as flavorings. Not all of us have nor want a cinder block lined hole in the ground with a bedspring as the grill or a $1000 steel plate 3-chamber log burner (what I cook in). Adequate BBQ is easily made in a $30 Brinkman H2O Smoker or a Weber kettle. It cannot be replicated in one's kitchen. Nor is it a "recipe", it really is a technique. Some define it as poor cuts of meat that, when subjected to the proper combination of time and smoke, become sublime. That works for me. As for fuel, a small hot fire is better than a large smoldering one. The smoke should be wispy and blue, not billowing clouds and if you see dark smoke, you are choking it. In order of preference is hardwood logs, hardwood chunks, lump, and lastly briquettes and chips.


Let the ribs come to room temperature and start the fire. Rinse and dry rack. Trim flap and small end if desired. With the end of a spoon, lift off part of the membrane, grab with a paper towel and pull off as much as you can. Slather the ribs with some mustard. Don't fret about the flavor, it's just the mortar to hold the rub. I use a big spice jar with the perforated lid as a shaker to apply the rub. If you forego the mustard, just spoon on the rub and lightly press it into the meat. Both sides in either case.

When the temperature is stabilized in the pit, about 225* F, place ribs bone side up and cook approximately five hours.

If you use a kettle: Bank the coals to one half with a single layer on the other half. Put the ribs on the hot side and cook for about 1/2 hour turning often then put the ribs on the cool side, place the lid so the vents are over the ribs and cook about an hour. You may have to add more coals to the hot side. For fuel, lump is OK, as are chunks. A chimney starter can be used to pre-burn the coals for adding during a session.

To test for doneness, grab one end and try to fold the ribs in half, if they fold easily let rest for a few minutes and enjoy.

- Cuchulain Libby, San Antonio, TX , was known to his friends as "Hound"

-This was one of many recipes he shared freely with fellow BBQ'ers.

- Hound often said, "Vegetables ain't food, vegetables are what food eats"

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The rub is awesome! I adjusted the cook method to gas. I am a believer in the right method with a proper smoke pot, gas can achieve similar results (low temp, with wet wood chips). I made my ribs running the grill between 180 and 200 degrees for 6 to 7hrs. Let me note that I use profesionally ground wood chips. They are more of a course chip as opposed to the flakey chips you buy at retail stores. They burn more evenly. I do agree about using BBQ sauces although I do use it the last 15 min of cook for a nice glazed appearence only.
lars1048 7y ago

These Texas style pork ribs were awesome! They turned out juicy and tender...still having some chew but tugging cleanly off the bone. The melange of flavors was mouth watering; the spice rub, hardwood smoke, our own tangy sweet sauce (served on the side), were all underpinned by the distinct flavor of pork. The spice rub is a masterful blend and while you can customize the amount of cayenne to suit your families taste, it was just right for me. Finally, while there was no need for BBQ sauce, some members of our family insist on it so we served our own homemade sauce on the side. The ribs are so flavorful that any BBQ sauce will be in the background. This recipe is definitely one to try.
sgrishka 7y ago

Using the "$1000 steel plate 3-chamber log burner" method with Hickory wood, and "Chugwater" Chili powder, this recipe came as close to the best BBQ I've ever enjoyed. Note: my pit has a water chamber in the bottom and I used seasoned Hickory wood from a felled tree, not store bought wood chips. The meat nearly FELL off the bone and I found my guests sucking on the bones after the meat was gone.
wwiggins 9y ago

Accented the ribs without overpowering the natural flavor. I will definitely use this rub again.
mbutry 9y ago

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promfh 10y ago

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