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Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  3 Hours 35 Minutes
  Makes 4 main course servings
Everybody loves ribs. For my money, you can't beat the baby backs. For the best results, cook these ribs on your grill, using wood chips. But highly tasty ribs can be made in the oven as well. Delicious with potato salad, baked beans and a chilled Rose wine.
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoons black pepper
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons dry mustard
4 pounds baby back pork ribs (about 4 half racks)
Disposable 9-by-6-by-1-inch aluminum broiler pans
2 cups hickory wood chips, soaked in water 1 hour, drained
3 cups good-quality purchased barbecue sauce
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Mix first 6 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Sprinkle most spice mixture over both sides of ribs, patting with your fingers to adhere. Cover and refrigerate ribs at least 2 hours.

If using charcoal barbecue: Mound charcoal briquettes in barbecue and burn until light gray. Using tongs, carefully divide hot briquettes into 2 piles, 1 pile at each side of barbecue. Place empty broiler pan between piles. Sprinkle each pile with generous 1/2 cup hickory chips. Position grill at least 6 inches above briquettes. Position vents on barbecue so that chips smoke and briquettes burn but do not flame and temperature registers 350 degrees F.

If using a gas grill: Set up for indirect grilling and place wood chips in the smoker box or wrap in foil and place on one of the burners. With some gas grills, you need to preheat the grill to high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to the desired temperature.

Place ribs in rib rack and place on grill. Cook until meat pulls back 1/4 inch from ends of bones and meat is very tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes. On a charcoal grill, you'll need to add 10 fresh coals to each side after 10 minutes. Don't over-cook. I like a rib that has some chew to it.

During last 10 minutes of cooking, brush both sides of ribs with sauce. Cook ribs directly over fire to caramelize sauce. Transfer ribs to platter. Sprinkle ribs with a little more spice mixture and brush with more sauce. Let ribs rest 5 minutes Serve, passing remaining sauce separately, if desired.

Oven Method - Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rub and marinate ribs as described above. Place in roasting pan and roast ribs until well-browned and meat is very tender, about 1 hour 30 minutes. Cover ribs with foil if beginning to dry out. Brush with sauce during last 10 minutes of baking. Serve as described above.

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Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 4 main course servings
Calories: 606
Fat. Total: 25g
Fiber: 8g
Carbohydrates, Total: 37g
Sodium: 2969mg
% Cal. from Fat: 37%
Cholesterol: 129mg
Protein: 57g
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Rating: 4
by: Leona Reviewed: 06/01/2010
Good, but way too salty as written!
I made the spice rub for this a few weeks ago. The spiciness and flavor was right, except that it was way, way too salty! I tried it again and used half of the salt that it called for, which made it perfect.
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