Kansas City-Style Ribs

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling Grill: 1 hour 25 min.


12 servings

Updated: Jul. 18, 2023
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


  • 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


  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 until tender, 5-6 minutes. 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 until ribs are tender, 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours.
  4. Carefully remove ribs from foil. Place ribs over direct medium heat; baste with some of the sauce. Grill, covered, until browned, 8-10 minutes, turning and basting occasionally with remaining sauce.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Ask your butcher for well-marbled country-style ribs to ensure they stay beautifully moist during this longer cook time. Leaner cuts tend to dry out.
  • Make a big batch of this dry rub, and keep a canister in your cabinet for spur-of-the-moment grilling. It also tastes great on chicken.
  • Get creative with your sauce; it's very flexible. Love mustard? Increase it. If you're a fan of fruity sauce, add some cherry or apricot jam. Or kick up the spice. The possibilities are endless.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 rib: 453 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 452mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.