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Kansas City-Style Ribs Recipe
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Kansas City-Style Ribs Recipe

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Our family recipe for ribs has evolved to near perfection. These country-style beauties are a legend in our close circle. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Grill: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Grill: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons each garlic powder, onion powder and smoked paprika
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons each ground cumin, coarsely ground pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 12 bone-in country-style pork ribs (about 7 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 rib equals 453 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 452 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and seasonings; sprinkle over ribs. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  2. For sauce, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Wrap ribs in a large piece of heavy-duty foil; seal edges of foil. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours or until ribs are tender.
  4. Carefully remove ribs from foil. Place ribs over direct medium heat; baste with some of the sauce. Grill, covered, 8-10 minutes or until browned, turning and basting occasionally with remaining sauce. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Kansas City-Style Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2013

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Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"Grilled these according to instructions, but used boneless ribs instead. The sauce was excellent, and they were easier to make than I thought they would be. Mine turned out kind of dry, but I might have cooked them too long. Since they were boneless, they probably only needed to cook for about an hour, and I cooked mine for 1.5 hours."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"These were delish, cooked in slow cooker!"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014


I made these but had to substitute a few things, I was out of garlic powder so I used a little garlic salt, no cayenne pepper so I used chipotle chili powder. This made just as a good rub as recipe, but I was light on the chipotle chili powder as it can give a punch!
I slowed cooked in Oven with some of the sauce, then finished on grill for that added yummy flavor."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"This recipe was awesome! I made boneless ribs and cooked them in my smoker - the rub and sauce were outstanding. I decreased the cayenne a little and still thought there was plenty of kick. Will use this recipe often :)"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

"I loved the rub, but I didn't think the sauce was as flavorful as my own homemade sauce (which contains many of the same ingredients as this sauce). Next time I will use the rub, though perhaps with a lighter hand with the cayenne pepper, but will substitute my own sauce, which I make and can 6 pints at a time."

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