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Sweet Memphis Style Ribs are Perfect For Father's Day Barbecues



Father's Day and barbecues seem to go hand in hand.  They are a great way to celebrate dad!  

The best way to Dad’s heart on Father’s Day is his stomach, and celebrity Chef Melissa Cookston’s Sweet Memphis Style Ribs are sure to make your Father’s Day celebration tasty.


Sweet Memphis Style Ribs


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“During the summer, Ribs and BBQ are kings of the smokers, and I wanted to share a simple method for cooking absolutely great Memphis style ribs in your backyard.   These are not competition-style ribs, but they are how I cook ribs when I am cooking at the house for myself and my family.  Make sure to make these along with my Creamy Cole Slaw and Maple Chipotle Baked Beans from scratch for a 
wonderful BBQ meal!”


Sweet Memphis Style Ribs
  • Ribs (obviously)
  • About 1/4 cup of my Sweet Memphis BBQ Rub or your favorite BBQ seasoning per slab of ribs
  • 2 TBS Brown sugar per slab of ribs
  • 2 TBS maple syrup per slab of ribs
  • 2 TBS apple juice per slab of ribs
  • BBQ glaze, made with 4 parts BBQ Sauce and 1-part honey (make enough to glaze ribs and serve on the side!)
During the summer, Ribs and BBQ are kings of the smokers, and I wanted to share a simple method for cooking absolutely great Memphis style ribs in your backyard. These are not competition-style ribs, but they are how I cook ribs when I am cooking at the house for myself and my family. Make sure to make these along with my Creamy Cole Slaw and Maple Chipotle Baked Beans from scratch for a wonderful BBQ meal!

charcoal big green egg
my layout on Big Green Egg

WHAT MAKES THEM MEMPHIS STYLE RIBS?

BBQ “regions” are kind of loosely defined. There’s no hard and fast rules you’ll get traveling from one area to the next defining the absolute recipe that people use.  Memphis style, generally, speaks to cooking pork ribs, usually loin back ribs, until they are slightly more tender than most regions.  (We would say everyone else cooks them too tough!) Memphis style usually involves a sweeter dry rub and or a glaze, which is BBQ sauce with a bit of honey for sweetness and glossiness.  A “dry rib” which Memphis is known for is simply a rib that that you shake extra dry rub on after cooking instead of a glaze.  “Muddy style” is where you glaze the rib and then add the extra shake of seasoning.

This method for ribs is really simple. I start my smoker (in this case a Big Green Egg, but you can use whatever you have, including a grill set up for indirect smoking) and set it for 250 degrees. When I’m using an egg for smoking or slower cooking, I do use the convection plate. I used Kingsford Professional charcoal for heat and Kingsford Apple Wood chunks for my smoke flavor.  How much wood you need will really be up to the smoker you are using.  A komodo style cooker only needs a few chunks. When I’m cooking on my Jambo I can burn almost all wood and not overpower the meat.

COOKING THE RIBS

Smithfield extra tender ribs


I generally prefer loin ribs (also called back or baby back ribs) as opposed to spare ribs (when trimmed called St. Louis ribs.)

As I am cooking these for the house, I’m not going to marinade, brine or trim the ribs.  I just want a good solid home-style rib for a nice dinner.  First, remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.  Then, season thoroughly both sides with Sweet Memphis BBQ Rub or your favorite seasoning.  I try to season the ribs at least 30 minutes before cooking and then let them sit out and “sweat.”

membrane removed ribs
Ribs membrane removed

ribs rubbed
Ribs rubbed


Place on the smoker and allow to cook for 2 hours.  You may need to rotate them depending on the size and the type of grill you are using.

ribs smoking
Ribs after 1 hour on smoker


After two hours, get a large piece of heavy-duty foil for each slab you are cooking.
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Sweet Memphis BBQ Rub, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and drizzle about 1 TBS of maple syrup on the middle of the foil. Place the ribs meat side down on the foil.  Repeat the brown sugar/rub/maple syrup on the bone side of the ribs.  Pour in about 2 tablespoons of apple juice,  then wrap in foil and place back in smoker.

wrapping ribs in foil
wrapping ribs in foil.


Place back on cooker (leaving meat side down) and cook for about two hours.  Check after 1 hour, then every 15-20 minutes after for proper doneness.  The meat of the ribs should be pulled back from the rib bone approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch, and the rib meat should feel tender.

Carefully remove from foil and place back on grill bone side down.  Glaze with your your favorite BBQ glaze (I use 1 cup sauce and add 1/4 cup honey to make a glaze.)

glazing ribs
Glazing Ribs- Nice color!


Let sit on grill for 5-10 minutes to tighten ribs if desired.

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close up of ribs
Serve and enjoy!


Comments

  1. These look really good. My sons love to cook bar b que. I'll give them this recipe.

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  2. Good old 2-2-1. Tried and true.

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