RibsJanet Tharpe

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Impress your guests with easy, tasty ribs
Janet Tharpe


Guests will be asking you for more, more, more when you serve Marie Ward’s I Want More Ribs at your next cookout.

This recipe is simple and delicious! The sweetness of the rub, paired with a spicy barbecue sauce is scrumptious. These ribs are baked in the oven, but you can finish them on the grill too if you prefer.

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“Yum, yum, yummy!”

- Marie Ward, Cape Charles, VA (Pop. 1,009)


What You Need

4 lb pork ribs

3/4 c light brown sugar

1 tsp smokehouse maple

1 tsp mesquite

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper

1 tbsp garlic powder

2 c barbecue sauce (your favorite)



• Preheat oven to 300 F. Peel off the tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs.

• Mix together sugar and spices to make rub.

• Apply rub to ribs on all sides.

• Lay ribs on two layers of foil (shiny side out and meaty side down).

• Lay two layers of foil on top of ribs. Roll and crimp edges tightly (edges facing up to seal).

• Place on baking sheet and bake for 2-2 1/2 hours or until meat is starting to shrink away from ends of bone.

• Remove from oven. Heat broiler.

• Cut ribs into serving sized portions.

• Arrange ribs on broiler pan, bone side up. Brush on sauce.

• Broil for 1 or 2 minutes until sauce is cooked on and bubbly.

• Turn ribs over. Repeat on other side.

• Instead of broiling, you can also finish ribs on the grill.


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