Kansas City-Style Ribs
Total TimePrep: 10 min. + chilling Grill: 1 hour 25 min.
- 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)
- 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
- In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and seasonings; sprinkle over ribs. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Nutrition Facts1 rib: 453 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.
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Jun 29, 2018
Not at all crazy about these and will not be making again. I followed the recipe except I used smaller boneless ribs, so they ended up being dried out, but that was my fault, not the recipe. They just did not have the good flavor I was hoping for.
May 26, 2018
Lots of negative comments on this recipe, nothing positive. Way to go people. I'm sure each of you believes your BBQ ribs are better than the next persons. That's a bunch of cooking ego maniacs for ya. Rather than offering some useful advice it's better to put it down then let out the "family secret sauce."
May 24, 2018
No KC ribs here.I like country style "ribs". But they are not KC ribs. And the sauce looks great but it's not even close.The world thinks KC Masterpiece sauce is "KC style". NOT. NOT EVEN. Come to KC, we'll take a que tour.
May 23, 2018
Recipe sounds good, but nothing Kansas City style about them. First off, country style ribs are never considered ribs in KC. Generally, St Louis style are used and done do baby back. Never cooked in foil either. Always slow smoked and not sauced until serving. Sorry, but I’m originally from KC and don’t want people thinking this is what they’d get there. Otherwise, these do sound good.
Jul 18, 2017
Excellent recipe and very easy to follow. Delicious!
Jul 16, 2017
The flavor on these is great! I followed the recipe with the exception of the paprika. I didn't have smoked so I used regular. I will make these again but next time I will cook even longer so they are more tender.
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.
Jan 18, 2015
These were delish, cooked in slow cooker!
Aug 30, 2014
Yummmmm!!!!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.
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 :)