Kansas City Rub Ribs



Kansas City Rub Ribs

  • Author: The Commish
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Main


For the rub:

  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons celery salt
  • 2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


For the ribs:

  • 2 racks pork ribs, baby back or spare ribs
  • 1 recipe Kansas City-style barbecue sauce


  1. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, sugar, celery salt, Kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, white pepper and black pepper.
  2. Using a sharp knife, carefully remove the membrane from the back of the rack of ribs. Trim the ribs of excess fat. Rub each rack generously with the rub.
  3. Place the ribs in a large container and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Prepare an outdoor grill to a heat of 225 degrees F. Place the ribs on the grill, meat side up, until the ribs are cooked through, about 5 hours.
  5. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, generously baste each rack with the barbecue sauce.


Use a smoker box with moist oak or hickory chips for additional smoky flavor.

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