Sticky Ribs

Just in time for the weekend; a most excellent rib rub and barbecue!

We’ve tried this recipe, adapted from Molly Yeh at, several times, finishing them off on the grill or in the oven, and it is now our go-to for a rack or two of pork ribs, though beef ribs would more than likely work a treat as well.

Might could be a winner for chicken and salmon, too, you’ll just need to play around with baking and grilling times.

•1 or 2 racks of pork ribs

•1/4 cup brown sugar
•2 tbsp sugar
•1 tsp chili powder
•1 tsp garlic powder
•1 tsp onion powder
•1 tsp paprika
•1/2 tsp dry mustard
•1/4 tsp Seasoned Salt
•1/4 tsp black pepper
•1/4 tsp Aleppo pepper (optional)

•1-1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
•1/4 cup Heinz 57
•1/4 cup Arby’s Sauce

Note: feel free to use two cups of your own fave barbecue sauce. I am just really liking this combination lately.

Heat your oven to 300º and line a baking pan with foil.

Arrange the ribs, meaty side up, in the baking pan – I needed to cut my rack in half to fit the 13×9 pan I was using.

Stir the rub ingredients together until well mixed, then sprinkle evenly over the ribs in the pan, patting down a bit on the ribs so that it really sticks to the ribs.

Note: as you might have noticed from the images, I normally only prepare one rack of ribs for just the two of us. Even though I use all of the rub for this one rack, there should be more than enough for two racks.

Cover tightly with foil and bake for about two hours, until the ribs are tender. Drain off and discard any cooking liquids from the baking pan.

Stir the barbecue sauce ingredients (or just use your favorite ready-made sauce) and keep handy.

At this point, you gotta ask yourself:

“Am I grilling, or am I finishing these ribs in the oven?”

If you opt to grill, set your grill for medium-high heat, then arrange the racks on the grates bone side down, brush with the sauce, and grill for a couple of minutes on each side, brushing with more sauce as needed.

If you choose to finish them in the oven, keep yours on at 300º and return the ribs to your foil lined baking pan.

Brush with the sauce and bake for another 30 minutes or so, flipping the ribs over after 15 minutes and brushing with additional barbecue sauce.

However you choose to finish them, once ready, cut the ribs into serving pieces and share with family and friends; who should all be very grateful for the treat you are about to share.

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