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Memphis Style Ribs

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Memphis Style Ribs
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If you're looking for that authentic Memphis Style flavor, look no further. This recipe combines a fantastic rub with a delicious sauce, to produce the tastiest set of ribs you've ever had.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 6


  • 3 pounds pork spareribs
  • For Rub:
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoons cayenne
  • For Sauce:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce


Prepare ribs by removing the membrane from the underside of the ribs. Trim off any loose fat or meat. Prepare smoker or grill. You will want to hold a temperature around 225 degrees F. for 4 to 6 hours so plan accordingly. Season ribs with Memphis rub and place on grill or in smoker. While ribs are cooking, prepare barbecue sauce. Blend together everything except the ketchup. Pour into a saucepan and add the ketchup. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Cook ribs until the internal temperature of the meat reaches about 145 degrees F. Brush with barbecue sauce. After about 10 minutes turn the ribs over and brush with sauce continually during cooking process.
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 4 out of 5
Good recipe, Member porsche917nut

This is a recipe that most guys would probably like because it's easy to make. My only suggestion would be not to use quite as much red pepper in th rub. My ribs were a little spicy for my taste. Otherwise everything turned out great.

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