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 86g 132%
  • Carbs 28g 9%
  • Saturated 30g 152%
  • Fiber 1g 4%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 24g
  • Monounsaturated 38g
  • Polyunsaturated 9g
  • Protein 62g 125%
  • Cholesterol 258mg 86%
  • Sodium 2,347mg 98%
  • Calcium 97mg 10%
  • Magnesium 74mg 19%
  • Potassium 1,064mg 30%
  • Iron 4mg 20%
  • Zinc 7mg 44%
  • Phosphorus 626mg 89%
  • Vitamin A 57µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 4%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 157%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 66%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 62%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 64%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 15µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 36%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 6%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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