Awesome BBQ Ribs

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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.  

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Step 1: The Rub

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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.

Step 2: The Mop

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A mop in a barbecue recipe is a mixture to help keep the ribs from drying out during grilling and to add additional flavor. Because this recipe combines oils and water based flavorings, blending them helps keep them mixed long enough to get through the grilling process. I use a stick blender and it emulsifies the mixture nicely.

The Mop:
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. water
¼ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. brown sugar

Blend all ingredients. Keep this by the barbecue and brush on ribs throughout the cooking to keep the meat from drying as it cooks.
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.
Bigmac20103 years ago
You sir are a genius....these were the most delicious ribs i have ever eaten
Nirgal38 (author)  Bigmac20103 years ago
Thank you. Very kind of you to say so.
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Nirgal38 (author)  DELETED_adee13 years ago
Nutmeg can also be used with savory foods such as meats, foods and the like. In this recipe, it adds a subtle note that you only notice if you've tried them without it. There is a certain something it brings to the recipe that can't be explained, only experienced.

As a child, I turned my nose up at a great many dishes and was rightly told, "Don't knock it if you haven't tried it."
Nirgal38 (author)  Nirgal383 years ago
Dang... the dangers of quick editing. That should read, "meats, veggies and the like."
Mrballeng3 years ago
If you get a random knock at your door it will be me looking for these ribs.
Nirgal38 (author)  Mrballeng3 years ago
Bring my wife some of your awesome jewelry and you've got yourself a trade!
timecop20403 years ago
Just bought a mondo gas grill for the deck and CAN'T WAIT to give these a try!
f_gornto3 years ago
Don't bother wraping it! I'll eat it here!
Cthulu3 years ago
beenalonso3 years ago
Those to look great indeed.
biomcanx3 years ago
Looks Great! Thank you for the recipe and techniques. I can't wait to try it this weekend.