Beginner’s Luck

I will be the first to tell you, that I don’t believe it luck. But listen up, I made ribs for the 4th of July this summer— and they were perfect.


They were fall off the bone and melt in your mouth tender while also having depth of flavor and the perfect bark.


If you are not familiar with Memphis, our claim to fame includes {but is not limited to} Elvis, the Peabody ducks, and BBQ.


I was hesitant to make ribs all by myself, but since the only judges would be my siblings and my husband- I bit the bullet and took on the challenge. I made both baby back and St. Louis Style ribs, so I think either type will work {Texan’s you could even try beef ribs}. I highly recommend that you have some friends over this summer and make these ribs. They are fool-proof, tasty, and will give you a little taste of Memphis, Tennessee.

Go ahead and and make them this weekend as a send off to Summer 2013.

1 slab of ribs

yellow mustard

4 teaspoons smoked paprika

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Mix all of the spices together in a small bowl.

2. Lay out the ribs on a large piece of foil. Generously coat one side of the ribs with mustard, sprinkle half of the spice mixture over the mustard.


3. Flip the slab over and repeat step two on the other side.


4. Fold up the ribs in the foil. Wrap up the ribs with two additional layers of foil and refrigerate over night or for 8 hours or so.


5. Preheat over to 250. Place ribs {still wrapped in foil} on a rimmed baking sheet for 4 hours.

6. Pre-heat your outside grill to 400. Carefully unwrap the ribs {the foil will be hot, but the steam inside is even more so.}


7. Grill the ribs for for 5 minutes on each side for great bark that screams, I’ve been smoking on a grill all day.


Optional: serve with favorite bbq sauce for those who are like me who order dry ribs then slather them with sauce.

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