Hot 'n' Spicy Spareribs Recipe
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Hot 'n' Spicy Spareribs Recipe

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I always keep this dry rub in a shaker on my shelf so I have it ready to use in an instant. It's a deliciously different way to prepare barbecued ribs.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hour 40 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hour 40 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 pounds pork spareribs
  • 6 sheets (40 inches x 18 inches) heavy-duty foil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 1310 calories, 97 g fat (35 g saturated fat), 383 mg cholesterol, 1204 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 93 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and seasonings. Rub all of it onto both sides of ribs. Make two stacks the three sheets of foil and place half the ribs in the center of each stack. Bring opposite long edges of foil together; fold down several times. Fold the short edges toward the food and crimp tightly to prevent leaks. Refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Place foil packets over indirect medium heat. Grill, covered, for 1-1/2 hours or until tender, turning foil packets over after 45 minutes. Remove ribs from foil; place over direct heat. Grill, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until crisp, turning once. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Hot 'n' Spicy Spareribs in Country Pork 1996, p99

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Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"Most amazing ribs I have ever had! I will never make ribs any other way again!!!!"

Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Spicy kicks in at the back of your mouth just a couple seconds after you first bite."

Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"This recipe is awesome"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"Easy and delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2009

"Was an ok recipe, but didn't have too much flavor. Didn't think all the spices worked well together."

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