Friday, 10 January 2014

Ribs Worth Rubbing

This one time I made ribs and they were absolutely disgusting. I spent all afternoon making them and they were so gross even Matt wouldn't eat them -so into the garbage they went. That was about three years ago, before I knew how to find a good recipe and alter it to suit my tastes. I've made this rib rub & sauce combo a handful of times and it has been a hit with everyone who has tried it. I must admit I've toned down the heat to suit the tastes of a friend! 

Without further ado, I present:

The World's Best Ribs

Inspired by: My Life as a Mrs cooking instructions and rib rub, and this guy's sauce.

prep time: 10-15 minutes
cook time: 6.5 hours max (includes slow-cooking and making sauce while cooking ribs)

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A package of two racks of ribs


1/4 cup cumin
1/4 cup packed brown sugar (optional because I've omitted it twice and they were still delicious)
1/2 cup paprika 
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp cayenne
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1-2 tsp salt (original recipe calls for wayyy too much)
freshly ground pepper


1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sriracha sauce
1/2 cup white rum
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves of garlic, crushed or very finely minced
1 tsp ground dry mustard
ground black pepper to taste

What to do with it:

Rub it on!

  1. Spray slow cooker insert with olive oil/non-stick spray
  2. Rinse ribs and pat dry
  3. Coat ribs evenly with approx 1/2 cup of dry rub
  4. Place ribs in slow cooker insert bone-side in - You may need to intertwine the racks so that it all fits
  5. Cook on low for 5-6 hours


  1. Heat all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat
  2. Stirring occasionally, simmer for 30 minutes (reduce heat as needed)
  3. Set aside to cool, and refrigerate until ready for use
Sauce & Ribs
  1. Spray grill with olive oil, or other non-stick spray and preheat to medium high heat
  2. Coat ribs with bbq sauce and placeon the grill, meat side down
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then flip, rib-side down. Baste the meat again, close the lid and cook for another 2-3 minutes
  4. Repeat three or so more times and then remove
  5. They will fall apart. They will be delicious!
  6. Serve with green beans & potatoes, or whatever you so choose.
Don't judge my photography skills - these are amazing.

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