If you have the Baby Backs then I have a Memphis Style dry rub recipe that you are going to love!
What is even better is that you are not going to have to read some stupid story about my Uncle Jack. Nope…all we have here is pure rib rub nirvana!
Let’s get started!
Don’t even think about breaking out the barbecue sauce when you are making Memphis style dry ribs. Between the smoke, pork and rub these ribs are freaking awesome!
Memphis Style Dry Rub for Ribs
- 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
- 1/3 cup Seasoned Salt (Lawry’s)
- 1/3 cup paprika
- 1 Tbls granulated garlic
- 1 Tbls granulated onion
- 1 Tbls black pepper
- 1 Tbls mustard seeds
- 1 Tbls dried oregano
How to Cook Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs
I have seen two very different techniques for smoking Memphis style baby back ribs. The first approach, the one that I used in this cook, is to season the ribs with the dry rub and start mopping after a couple of hours into the smoke.
The second approach is to put the ribs onto the smoker with no dry rub so they can absorb a lot of smoke. After 45 minutes start mopping the ribs every 20 minutes to build up the flavor levels. I have tried this approach and it works okay but I like the first style better.
I hit the ribs with a heavy coating of the dry rub and smoked them on my Weber kettle for a little over four hours. I was running the kettle around 275F but was letting the ribs guide the cook. (See How Long to Smoke Baby Back Ribs for more details.)
After the ribs had cooked for two hours and the rub had set I started mopping (1 cup of cider vinegar mixed with 1/3 cup of the Memphis rib rub).
The ribs got mopped about every 20 minutes until the ribs were just about falling off the bone. What can I say? These were finger licking fantastic and a real nice change from competition style ribs.
Memphis Rub Recipe for Ribs
- 1/3 cup turbinado sugar For the dry rub
- 1/3 cup seasoned salt For the dry rub (Lawry's or Morton's)
- 1/3 cup smoked paprika For the dry rub
- 1 tbsp granulated onion For the dry rub
- 1 tbsp granulated garlic For the dry rub
- 1 tbsp black pepper For the dry rub
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds For the dry rub
- 1 tbsp dried oregano For the dry rub
- 1 cup cider vinegar
- 1 slab baby back ribs
- Combine the dry rub ingredients and mix well.
- Season the baby back ribs liberally with the rub.
- Smoke the ribs at 250-275F for two hours.
- Combine the cider vinegar with 1/3 cup of the rub to make the mop.
- Mop the ribs every 20 minutes for another two hours.
- The ribs are done when the meat has pulled back from the bone and a toothpick easily slides through the meat.