Recipe Details

Kansas City Style Pork Back Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 5

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

3 slabs pork back ribs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup paprika
3 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup honey

Cooking Directions


In pint-jar with tight-fitting lid, combine sugar, paprika, seasoned salt, chili powder, black pepper, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, ground sage and dry mustard. Place lid on jar and shake jar to combine thoroughly. Set spice rub aside. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

In small saucepan over low heat, stir together barbecue sauce and honey. Heat through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Set barbecue glaze aside, keep warm or at room temperature before using. (If storing for more than 2 hours, cover and refrigerate. Reheat gently before using).

Pat ribs dry with paper towels and season generously with spice rub, using about 4-6 tablespoons for each slab of ribs. Grill over indirect heat in a covered grill or smoker for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn ribs once during cooking, about halfway through. Ribs are done when the meat is very tender (insert a paring knife between ribs to determine); they will pull apart fairly easily. About 20 minutes before ribs are done, baste heavily with barbecue glaze. If you like your ribs extra sticky, baste again 10 minutes before removing from the grill.

Serves 5.

Serving Suggestions

This recipe was developed by Chef Paul Kirk, author of Paul Kirk’s Barbecue Sauces Cookbook.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1145 calories
Protein: 63 grams
Fat: 76 grams
Sodium: 3102 milligrams
Cholesterol: 294 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 28 grams
Carbohydrates: 54 grams
Fiber: 3 grams

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About the Cut: Back Ribs

Back ribs originate from the blade and center section of the pork loin, which is known for the “finger meat” between the bones.


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About the Cooking Method: Grilling

There are two ways to grill pork based on the size of the cut:

  • Direct heat, where food is placed directly over the heat source, is ideal for small cuts like kabobs, tenderloin, burgers and chops.
  • Indirect heat, where food is placed on the grill rack away from the coals or gas burners, is good for large cuts like loin roasts, ribs, shoulder and fresh ham.

COOKING BASICS:
Direct Heat

Arrange hot coals evenly on the fire grate of the grill or use all gas burners. Place pork directly above the heat source. Follow suggested cooking times, turning once during cooking.

Indirect Heat

Bank hot coals on both sides of the fire grate, on one side of the grill or in a ring around the perimeter. For gas grills, pre-heat and then turn off any burners directly below where the food will go. Place pork on the grill so it is not directly over any coals or gas burners and close grill hood. Follow suggested cooking times until pork is done. The heat circulates inside the grill, so turning the pork is not necessary.


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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

If you do plan on keeping the back ribs longer than 2 to 3 days before cooking, store them well-wrapped in the freezer.


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Butcher's Tips

Back ribs are also referred to as “baby” back ribs because they are smaller than spareribs. A rack typically weighs between 1 ½ and 1 ¾ pounds.


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KC Style Back Ribs
by anonymous 07/06/2014
This was great! However, I didn't want all that salt so I dropped the seasoned salt and used 1 Tbs kosher salt, kept the celery salt also..and for the sauce I added tbs brown sugar and squirt of Sirichian Chili sauce. We couldn't quit eating them.

kansas city style back ribs
by anonymous 02/06/2012
 my grampa makes this all the time & so does my mom. my family loves them! <3