Memphis Dry Rub Ribs

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

Ready in 3 hours

I will definitely make these again. Great flavour nice and tender and juicy


Baby back ribs; enough for 2 people
-- Rub --
1/2 tbsp Paprika
1/4 tbsp Black pepper
1/4 tbsp Brown sugar
1/3 tsp Salt
1/3 tsp Celery seed
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 tsp Dry mustard
1/4 tsp Cumin
1/16 tsp Cayenne pepper
-- Mop Sauce (optional) --
1/5 cup White vinegar
2 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tbsp Salt
-- Wood for smoking --
2 cups Hickory or chunks; soaked in water

Original recipe makes 2



1. Wash the ribs and blot dry. Remove the thin papery skin on the back of each rack of ribs. (Pull it off in a sheet with you finger, using a corner of a dish towel to gain a secure grip.)

2. Combine the ingredients for the rub (paprika, black pepper, sugar, salt, celery seed, cayenne, garlic powder, mustard and cumin) in a mixing bowl and stir with your finger to mix. Rub the mixture on the ribs on both sides. Transfer the ribs to a roasting pan and let marinate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

3. Set up the grill for indirect grilling (no heat directly under the ribs) and preheat to medium (about 350 degrees). Place a drip to sit under the ribs. If using a gas grill, place all the chips in the smoker box or smoker pouch and preheat the grill to high. When smoke appears, lower the heat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, toss the wood chips on the coals.

4. Place the ribs on the grill ove the drip pan and cover the grill. Cook the ribs until done, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Start basting with mop sauce afte 30 minutes, basting every 20 minutes thereafter. If using a charcoal grill, replenish the coals after 1 hour. The ribs are done when the meat is very tender and it has shrunk back from the ends of the bones.

5. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board or platter. Mop one final time with mop sauce. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce on the side.


Great tasting ribs, tender and juicy.

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I didn't know ribs can taste so good with this Memphis Dry Rub. This is just like the ribs I order in restaurants, but better. I will certainly recommended to others. Use the recipe on my electronic smoker.
TaiwanChief 4y ago

Best ribs I've ever made! I wasn't sure about the mop but it is great. Can't wait to make more!
flatfishorange 4y ago

Great tasting ribs, tender and juicy. [I posted this recipe.]
RKG1 6y ago

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