Kansas City-Style Pork Back Ribs

The only thing these sweet, sticky ribs is a side of creamy coleslaw and a skillet of fluffy cornbread! 
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National Pork Board

The only thing these sweet, sticky ribs is a side of creamy coleslaw and a skillet of fluffy cornbread!

 

5
Servings
122
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 slabs pork back ribs
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons seasoned salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Teaspoons ground sage
  • 1 Teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 Cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ Cup honey

Directions

Combine the sugar, paprika, seasoned salt, chili powder, black pepper, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, ground sage, and dry mustard and then set the spice rub aside.

Stir the barbecue sauce and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Set the barbecue glaze aside, keeping it warm or at room temperature before using. (If you’re storing it for more than 2 hours, cover and refrigerate. Reheat gently before using).

Pat the ribs dry with paper towels and season generously with spice rub, using about 4-6 tablespoons for each slab of ribs. Grill over indirect heat in a covered grill or smoker for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Turn the ribs once during cooking, about halfway through. The ribs are done when the meat is very tender (insert a paring knife between ribs to determine); they will pull apart fairly easily. About 20 minutes before ribs are done, baste them heavily with the barbecue glaze. If you like your ribs extra sticky, baste again 10 minutes before removing them from the grill.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
4%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
6mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
23g
18%
Protein
3g
7%
Vitamin A, RAE
96µg
14%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
50mg
5%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
21mg
7%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
55mg
8%
Selenium, Se
4µg
7%
Sodium, Na
731mg
49%
Water
42g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Pork Shopping Tip

Bone-in cuts tend to be slightly less expensive than their boneless counterparts, and have more flavor.

Pork Cooking Tip

According to the USDA, the recommended internal temperature for cooked pork should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pork Wine Pairing

Tempranillo, dolcetto, gewürztraminer, or muscat with roast pork; carmènere with  pork sausage; sangiovese, pinotage, or richer sauvignon blancs for stir-fried or braised pork dishes or pork in various sauces; syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, or primitivo with barbecued spareribs or pulled pork, or with cochinito en pibil and other Mexican-spiced pork dishes.