Grilled Spare Ribs Recipe

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Grilled spare ribs are an American favorite. The rub applied to these ribs brings out the best in grilling flavors. To assure doneness of these grilled spare ribs and other pork, follow the guidelines in our Pork Cooking Times and Temperature chart.
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  • 4 pounds pork spare ribs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce, purchased or homemade, more as needed
  • Make the spice rub by mixing together the cumin, brown sugar, paprika, cayenne pepper, allspice, salt, and pepper.
  • Trim any large areas of excess fat from the ribs. Don't bother with small bits, they help keep the meat from drying out.
  • Sprinkle the spice mix over the meat and rub in. If time allows, wrap ribs in plastic wrap or put in a covered container and refrigerate for an hour or two.
  • Set up the grill for indirect heat, medium temperature. Grill the meat, rib side down, until the bones protrude slightly from the meat, about 2 hours (may take more or less time, depending on rib thickness and grill temperature).
  • Brush with barbeque sauce when ribs are almost done. Serve with extra barbeque sauce.
Note: Since spare ribs are mostly bone, allow about one pound per person.
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MissyMoo User
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"I made these this last weekend. I left out the cayenne pepper because our kids don't like anything that is a little spicy. I applied the spice rub and let them set in the refrigerator for about 3 hours. I made my own barbecue sauce to use and the ribs turned out great."
chiefcharlie User
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"These ribs were excellent! My wife surprised me by fixing them for me for my birthday. I love ribs so I couldn't have asked for a better present."
Top Chef User
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"I baked these in an oven for 1 1/2 hours on 250 degrees F because my grill runs a little hot. Then I finished them on the grill. I liked the ribs without any sauce on them but my wife liked them sauced."
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"Great recipe for a Summer Day barbeque. The entire family enjoyed it."
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"My family liked these. I wish I could get my gas grill to go a little lower and slower."
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