Sweet Rub Back Ribs

Great rub for back ribs, side ribs, or St Louis style.

Sweet Rub Back Ribs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Grill Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • 1 1/2 lbs. pork back ribs 1/2 rack, the meatier the better
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Montreal steak spice
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • your favorite BBQ sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.  To make the rub place all the ingredients except the ribs in a small mixing bowl and blend together with a fork.  I find that this works better if you leave the sugar out for a half hour or so to let it dry out a little ahead of time.

  2. Its a good idea to remove the membrane from the back side of the ribs whether you are using back ribs or side ribs.  If you haven't done that before, have a look at this video from BBQ Pit Boys.


    Sprinkle both sides of the ribs with the sweet rub and gently press into the meat.  Place the ribs in a small roasting pan, cover and bake for 90 minutes. 

  3. When the ribs have finished cooking remove them from the oven and prepare your grill to medium high temperature.  Finish the ribs off on the grill with your BBQ sauce.  Be careful not to burn the sauce, you just want to sear it a little.  That's it, serve hot off the grill.

Recipe Notes

Back ribs are always a hit with a nice crisp caesar salad and a slice of fresh from the oven garlic bread.

Did you know:  Bones and utensils were found in an archaeological dig in the Czech Republic that uncovered the world's oldest barbeque.  The four foot wide roasting pit dates back to 29,000 BC.  And what was on the menu you ask?  Why, it's the Woolly Mammoth of course.

Source: jamesbeard.org




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