Big Billy's Barbecue Country-Style Ribs

Big Billy's Barbecue Country-Style Ribs
Ardie A. Davis and Paul Kirk


For the rub

  • 1/3 Cup  sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons  seasoned salt
  • 2 Tablespoons  paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon  chipotle powder
  • 2 Teaspoons  granulated garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  granulated onion
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  ground white pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  monosodium glutamate (MSG) (optional)

For the sauce

  • 3/4 Cups  ketchup
  • 1/4 Cup  maple syrup
  • 1/4 Cup  bourbon
  • 2 Tablespoons  clover honey
  • 2 Tablespoons  cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons  prepared mustard
  • 1/2 Teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  ground white pepper
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  onion powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  garlic powder

For the ribs

  • 5 Pounds  country-style pork ribs*
  •   Vegetable oil, for the grill

Here's Billy Rodgers' version of a favorite backyard barbecue dish from his childhood. He dedicates it to his mother, Anna G. He cherishes memories of going with her to visit his grandmother in the summertime. Billy said, "Grandmother lived in a small town where everyone still sits on the front porch and waves at you as you drive by, whether they know you or not. Word would get out around town whenever my mother came home to visit. When people found out that she was cooking dinner, the house would fill. Anyone and everyone would come by to get a plate and sit a spell to enjoy each other's company."

"I would really get excited when I saw my uncle put his stereo speakers in the backyard, the adults setting the tables with red gingham check tablecloths on them and placing a big galvanized tub filled with ice and such between the tables. Yes! It was cookout time! I used to love to watch everyone try to get that old cast-iron grill fi red up to cook homemade oversized burgers, pork chops, and chicken. Mmm, mmm, mmm — I can still smell it as I reminisce. Here is a recipe that takes me back to those wonderful summer days in my grandmother's backyard. I hope that you enjoy it!"

— Billy Rodgers, Big Billy's BB

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For the rub

Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Using a funnel, place the rub into a shaker. Set aside.

For the sauce

Mix together all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and leave at room temperature as this is a cold mix sauce and does not require any cooking.

For the ribs

Heat the smoker to 275 degrees, or if you are using a grill, set it up for indirect cooking by banking the charcoal to one side.

Season the ribs liberally on both sides with the rub at least 30 minutes before placing them on the grill. Use a wire brush and clean your grates, then lightly oil them.

Place the meat in the smoker, or if you are using a grill, on the opposite side of the coals for indirect cooking. Cook until the internal temperature registers 195 degrees on a meat thermometer, about 3 ½-4 hours. (You can brush with sauce during the last 10 minutes of cooking or serve it in a small bowl on the side. The finished product will have the texture of a tender steak.)

Remove the ribs from the cooker and let them rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.


*Note: Select ribs with a light marbling of fat throughout. This lean meat has a tendency to dry over a long period of smoking, producing a dry product. You should still trim any excess or unwanted fat from the outside.


Calories per serving:

1,159 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 686g 1,055%
  • Carbs 220g 73%
  • Saturated 244g 1,219%
  • Fiber 9g 35%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 189g
  • Monounsaturated 302g
  • Polyunsaturated 71g
  • Protein 500g 999%
  • Cholesterol 2,064mg 688%
  • Sodium 18,774mg 782%
  • Calcium 780mg 78%
  • Magnesium 595mg 149%
  • Potassium 8,516mg 243%
  • Iron 28mg 156%
  • Zinc 53mg 350%
  • Phosphorus 5,008mg 715%
  • Vitamin A 456µg 51%
  • Vitamin C 18mg 30%
  • Thiamin (B1) 19mg 1,253%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 9mg 530%
  • Niacin (B3) 100mg 498%
  • Vitamin B6 10mg 512%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 120µg 30%
  • Vitamin B12 17µg 287%
  • Vitamin D 41µg 10%
  • Vitamin E 10mg 51%
  • Vitamin K 27µg 34%
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