Spare ribs - great summer food

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
30 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4

For the seasoning:

3/4cups paprika

2/3cup sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder

For the BBQ Sauce:

2 cups ketchup

1 cup water

1-4 cup brown sugar

1-4 cup  sugar

1 1-2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 1-2 teaspoons onion powder

1 1-2 teaspoons dry mustard powder

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1-2 cup apple-cider vinegar

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1 tablespoon seasoning (see above)


  • Make the seasoning:
    Stir the ingredients all together in a small bowl. Stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place, this seasoning will last up to 6 months.
  • Make the BBQ sauce:
    Combine all of the ingredients in a large pot or slow cooker. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
  • Reduce temperature to very low and simmer, uncovered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, cool, and use as needed. Stored in a tightly sealed container, this sauce will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.
  • Make the ribs:
    Rinse the rib slabs in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Put the slabs on a chopping board. Using your fingers, pull off the thick white membrane. Use a small knife to trim off the excess fat and meat.
  • Using a sharp knife, trim off the brisket bone (or rib tip). Season both sides of the slab with salt and some of the seasoning, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to a day in advance.
  • When you're ready to cook the ribs, preheat the grill to 250 F, or light the BBQ.
  • Place the slab of ribs on the grill away from (not directly over) the flame (using indirect heat).
    Cook the slab curl-side up for approximately 2 1/2 hours.
  • Flip the slab over to finish the cooking, about 1 more hour, or until you get the full "bend" in the slab.
    For dry ribs, pull the ribs off the grill, and sprinkle more seasoning over the entire slab.
  • Cut between the bones and serve. For wet ribs, pull the ribs off the grill, and pour Neely's Barbecue Sauce over the slab.
  • Slice between the bones into individual portions, and serve.


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