Sweet 'n' Smoky Kansas City Ribs Recipe
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Sweet 'n' Smoky Kansas City Ribs Recipe

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Tender and juicy, these ribs are packed with a big smoky punch. You won't believe how quick they are from grill to plate! —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing Grill: 70 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + standing Grill: 70 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each minced fresh basil, rosemary and sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 pork baby back ribs (about 5 pounds)
  • 2 cups soaked wood chips (mequite, hickory or alder), optional
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon each minced fresh basil, marjoram and rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon each minced fresh dill, sage and cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 pound: 1068 calories, 72g fat (25g saturated fat), 251mg cholesterol, 1540mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 3g fiber), 54g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, bouillon, seasonings and herbs; rub over ribs. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Add 1 cup of soaked wood chips if desired. Place ribs in a disposable foil pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes. Remove ribs from pan and place on grill rack over drip pan. Add remaining wood chips. Grill 30 minutes longer, turning occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute onion in oil and butter until tender. Stir in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and herbs; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add barbecue sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Baste ribs with sauce; grill for 10-15 minutes or until meat is tender, turning and basting occasionally. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Sweet 'n' Smoky Kansas City Ribs in Backyard Living September/October 2006, p63

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Gottabekiddingme User ID: 8016965 115436
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"I haven't tried this one yet. But just reading it makes my mouth water. I already know this will become a favorite! Great recipe, thank you!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 93266
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2014

"These were good. I found they weren't as tender as other recipes are seasoned for 24hrs, parboiled, or slow roasted prior to grilling. Next time I may alter and use one of those methods. Sauce was wonderful. I used dry herbs rather than fresh."

kdamerson User ID: 1783932 115435
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2013

"being from the KC Metro this peaked my interest. It was quick easy and everyone liked the great KC flavor!"

mousefullhouse User ID: 6102808 146395
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2011

"This recipe is absolutely AMAZING!! We love it. The barbeque just gives it that 'smokin' flavor. I heartily recommend it!!"

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