Southern Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs: A Culinary Delight

Introduction

Experience the authentic taste of the South with these Southern Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs. This recipe brings the traditional flavors of Memphis barbecue into your kitchen, offering a perfect blend of spices that create a mouth-watering, crispy exterior and tender, juicy meat.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 pounds baby-back ribs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Preparation: Preheat your oven to 300ºF (150ºC). Get ready for a flavorful journey!
  2. Spice Mix Creation: In a small bowl, combine paprika, cumin, oregano, brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, and cayenne. This blend is the heart of the Memphis-style flavor.
  3. Ribs Preparation: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for better flavor absorption. Coat the ribs evenly with vegetable oil.
  4. Applying the Rub: Generously apply the spice mixture to the ribs, ensuring they are fully covered. This rub is what gives these ribs their iconic taste and texture.
  5. Baking: Place the ribs in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 2 to 2 ½ hours. The goal is to achieve meat that is tender and edges that are crisp.
  6. Serving: Let the ribs rest for a few minutes after baking, then cut into individual portions and serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Notes

  • For a spicier kick, increase the amount of cayenne pepper.
  • Letting the ribs rest after baking allows the juices to redistribute, making them even more flavorful.

Cook Techniques

  • Membrane Removal: Removing the membrane from the ribs is crucial for tender meat.
  • Even Rub Application: Ensure the rub is evenly distributed for consistent flavor.
  • Low and Slow Baking: Baking at a low temperature for a longer time ensures tender, fall-off-the-bone meat.

FAQs

Q: Can I grill these ribs instead of baking? A: Yes, you can grill them over indirect heat for a smokier flavor.

Q: How do I know when the ribs are done? A: The ribs are done when the meat is tender and the edges are crisp. You can also check if the meat easily pulls away from the bone.

Q: Can I make the dry rub in advance? A: Absolutely! The dry rub can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container.

Conclusion

Southern Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs are a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the South. This recipe offers a perfect way to enjoy a classic American barbecue experience right in your home. Whether for a family dinner or a special occasion, these ribs are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Southern Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs

Southern Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs: A Culinary Delight


  • Author: Elowen Thorn
  • Total Time: 12 minute
  • Yield: Serves 4

Description

Experience the authentic taste of the South with these Southern Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs. This recipe brings the traditional flavors of Memphis barbecue into your kitchen, offering a perfect blend of spices that create a mouth-watering, crispy exterior and tender, juicy meat.


Ingredients

Scale

1 ½ tablespoons paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon cayenne

2 pounds baby-back ribs

¼ cup vegetable oil


Instructions

 

Notes

For a spicier kick, increase the amount of cayenne pepper.

Letting the ribs rest after baking allows the juices to redistribute, making them even more flavorful.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes