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Memphis Barbecue Dry Ribs

All great Memphis BBQ ribs feature paprika and garlic, and this recipe is no different. With 8 additional seasonings and Kingsford® Signature Flavors, these dry ribs are full of flavor whether you’re cooking on a charcoal or pellet grill.

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Cooking for 4 people


  • 2 slabs loin back (baby back) ribs

Dry Rub (makes 1 cup)

  • 3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper
  • 0.5 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 0.25 tsp. ground rosemary
  • 0.5 tsp. ground cumin
  • 0.5 tsp. dried oregano
  • 0.5 tsp. rubbed sage
  • 0.5 tsp. dried marjoram

Additional ingredients

  • 8 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 cup white vinegar

1 Food Prep

Remove the membrane from the back of ribs.

Mix together your dry rub ingredients and reserve ½ cup of dry rub.

Mix the remaining dry rub with olive oil and soy sauce to form a paste. Apply your paste

generously to the front and back of the ribs.

2 Grill Prep

Fuel: CHARCOAL FUEL: We recommend Kingsford® Signature Flavors Charcoal Briquets and Flavor Boosters–Bourbon BBQ. Or, if you prefer, we also recommend Kingsford® Original Charcoal Briquets and Kingsford® Signature Flavors Flavor Boosters–Bourbon Barrel. In this second method, you would add 6 or more Flavor Boosters on top of the hot coals. PELLETS: We recommend using Kingsford® Memphis BBQ Signature Flavors Pellets for this recipe for a savory, caramelized flavor.

Amount: 3.5 to 4 lb.

Method: Two-Zone Method

Temp: 250°F

3 The Cook

  • Place your ribs meat side up away from the coals, on the cooler side of the grill. Close the lid and cook until the ribs are tender and have reached an internal temperature of 145ºF. This should take about 3½ hours.

  • Mix your vinegar with 1 cup of water in a shallow baking pan.

  • Remove your ribs from the grill and dip them into the vinegar water.

  • After dipping your ribs, place them on a cutting board. Season the ribs immediately with a heavy coat of the reserved dry rub. 

  • Cut and serve.

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

38 Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memphis pork ribs I have tried many variations of this recipe and I love it
Date published: 2023-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Dry Rub I tried this recipe last month and it was a master class in smoking these ribs. That’s what I was told and it was good.
Date published: 2023-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good meal and pretty easy Would rub the vinegar on before the dry rub Pretty easy
Date published: 2023-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the best ribs i really like this dry rub rib receipe. it is exactly like the ribs we would cook at the camp.
Date published: 2023-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Prime Ribs These delicious ribs were perfectly seasoned, tender, and overall extremelly flavorful.
Date published: 2023-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste! This recipe is absolutely amazing!! The flavors are like nothing I have ever tasted. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2023-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good extremely good recipes for you and your family and friends. definitely a good one to try out for yours iself
Date published: 2023-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yum Best ribs ever tasted leaving me wanting more and more
Date published: 2023-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Awesome Awesome eatings Yummy Nutritionals Tastebuds Adventures roller-coaster riding.
Date published: 2023-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yum! Delicious and so tender! Can't wait to have them again!
Date published: 2023-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the seasoning Absolutley delicious 😋, and it came out so juicy and tasty
Date published: 2023-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks Great!! Ribs looks very presentable, juicy, and well prepared.
Date published: 2023-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great rob I love the rub and have been using it on other things like pork and chicken. I leave out the rosemary.
Date published: 2023-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great BBQ Ribs This recipe is easy to follow and the ribs taste great.
Date published: 2023-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dry rub ribs I love a good rack of ribs. I can eat them with or without sauce. Baby back or spare I love them all.
Date published: 2023-06-13
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