Spice-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

Preparation info
  • 6–8

    • Difficulty


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Cooking with Spice

By Jennifer Newens

Published 2013

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This is a hybrid recipe for ribs, fusing the dry-rub method of Memphis-style barbecue with the sauce-slathered style of Kansas City fare. The ribs are first coated with a spice rub and refrigerated overnight, then partially cooked in the oven until tender. Just before serving, they are coated with sauce and finished on the grill.


  • ½ cup (4 oz/125 g) sweet or hot paprika


In a small bowl, stir together paprika, brown sugar, chile powder, garlic powder, mustard, cumin, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.

Rinse ribs under cold running water and pat dry with pap