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Barbecued Ribs, Missouri-style

2 tb Salt
1/4 c Sugar
2 tb Cumin, ground
2 tb Pepper, black, fresh ground
2 tb Chili powder
4 tb Paprika
2 ea Racks of 3/down pork ribs**


Basting Sauce
1 3/4 c Vinegar, white
2 tb Hot pepper sauce
2 tb Sugar
1 tb Salt
1 tb Pepper, black, fresh ground


The term "3/down" refers to the weight of the ribs. In this case, it is three pounds or less for each slab of 10 to 12 ribs.


Combine salt, sugar, cumin, pepper, chili powder and paprika to make barbeque rub. Rub ribs thoroughly with this mixture. Place ribs on baking sheets and cook in 180 degree oven for 3 hours. Do not turn; solow cooking infuses spices.


Remove from oven. (ribs may now be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days before grilling)


Use very low charcoal fire with rack set as high as possible. Grill ribs 5 minutes to 30 minutes per side, depending on heat and temperature of ribs. Ribs should have light outer crust and be heated throughout.


If you prefer juicy ribs, coat with basting sauce just before removing from grill. Otherwise serve dry with sauce on side. Remove ribs from grill, cut in between bones and serve.


Note: Recipe is easily halved or doubled. Keep 2:1 proportion of sauce to rub.





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