I am a huge fan of barbecue ribs but haven't found a place locally that makes them the way I like them. So using a bit of kitchen chemistry and my background working as a cook in my 20s, I decided I'd make my own.

Good ribs need three separate recipes: a rub, a mop and a sauce. I like to think of it like three part harmony in music.  

Step 1: The Rub

The rub gives the ribs their initial flavor. The first time you try this recipe, stick pretty close to the original. Then you can try improvising and let me know what you do differently so I can try it, too.

The Rub:
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp. sweet basil
1 tsp. paprika
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. chipotle chili powder
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
Large pinch nutmeg

Place two racks (4 to 6 pounds) of baby back pork ribs on a large baking sheet covered with plastic wrap. Sprinkle the entire mixture, coating both sides of the ribs.

Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour before grilling.
yeah dude!!!!!!!now we are talking
Nutmeg, who woulda thought. Yeah I can try that. Just my 2 cents, we always, no excuses, remove the membrane on the bone side. A very good Instructable, thanks.
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You sir are a genius....these were the most delicious ribs i have ever eaten
Thank you. Very kind of you to say so.
If you get a random knock at your door it will be me looking for these ribs.
Bring my wife some of your awesome jewelry and you've got yourself a trade!
Just bought a mondo gas grill for the deck and CAN'T WAIT to give these a try!
Don't bother wraping it! I'll eat it here!
Those to look great indeed.
Looks Great! Thank you for the recipe and techniques. I can't wait to try it this weekend.

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