Big John's BBQ Ribs and Dry Spice Rub Recipe -
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Big John's BBQ Ribs and Dry Spice Rub

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"This is an awesome barbequed rib recipe. You can double or triple the amounts to serve a large group."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 2 pound rib roast Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    7 hrs 20 mins


  1. In a small bowl or jar, mix together chile powder, dried minced garlic, onion powder, cumin, salt and seasoning salt.
  2. Place rib roast on a medium baking sheet. Rub vigorously with 1/2 the chile powder mixture. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours.
  3. In a medium saucepan, mix together 1/2 the chile powder mixture, tomato sauce, brown sugar, tomato, Worcestershire sauce, dried onion flakes, soy sauce and water. Cook 3 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally, over low heat.
  4. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat. Lightly oil grate.
  5. Cook ribs covered on the prepared grill 3 to 5 hours, or to desired doneness. Brush with the sauce mixture from the medium saucepan during the last minutes of cooking. Serve with remaining sauce mixture.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 20, 2003

I have never had ribs better than these. Not even in a restaurant! They were tender, juicy and very flavorful. Believe me, they are well worth the time to make them. My family inhaled them!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 20, 2003

This recipe SUCKED! I made it for the people at my work and when I had finished cooking, they were so nasty that I had to stop by Ralph's the next morning to buy some of their already made ribs to take into work.


18 Ratings

Sep 02, 2007

This was awesome. I only used the rub in this recipe, and I added a little brown sugar to the mix. I used a store bought sauce with it and it turned out great. A really good mix of spicy and sweet. Best ribs I've ever had.

Jun 11, 2003

Great combination of spices. It may look like it takes a long time, but marinating is so simple, and the seasonings are great. Wonderful recipe! Make it for friends and watch them finish it all off and ask for more!

May 08, 2008

The sauce was absoulutely too salty and just tasted wrong. I even tried tweaking this and the salt was so overpowering

Jan 28, 2009

You know, this was good. It was fun making my own grilling sauce for a change. The meat came out really good but not a tangy as I would have thought.

May 29, 2011

Wonderful rub - I made it exactly as Big John said, and rubbed it into a slab of pork spareribs. Let them sit in the frig for 17 hours. Then baked them, covered with foil, at 300 degrees for 2-1/2 hours. Fired up the grill at medium heat; basted both sides with Jack Dabiels Hickory BBQ sauce, and grilled them for 5 minutes on each side. Yummy!

Oct 29, 2009

Big John, I shamelessly stole your dry rub and adjusted it to make my own. Thank-you, Sir!


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  • Calories
  • 509 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 125 mg
  • 42%
  • Fat
  • 22.7 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 15.4 g
  • 62%
  • Protein
  • 35.5 g
  • 71%
  • Sodium
  • 4825 mg
  • 193%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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