BBQ Pork Spare Ribs Time!

Whenever Vallarta Supermarkets has pork spare ribs on sale, I buy them.  Three reasons:  one, they are always fresh – never frozen.  Two, they will cut them in any configuration you want right there on the spot – large rack, small rack, 1/2 size ribs etc.  And three, $1.99/pound!!  End of story!

Generally I do a traditional Texas style rub.  This consists of Brown Sugar, Smoked Paprika, Two Chile Powders – one mild and a dash of a super hot one made by my brother-in-law David, garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.  I rub it liberally all over both sides of the rack about 4 to 6 hours before I grill, and then I wrap up the rack tightly in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge.ribs2new

Since I live in a condo, I don’t have a real smoker.  I use a gas grill, burners on super low so the heat never gets over 300, and go for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

No smoke rings, but delicious, tender, juicy ribs.  Sometimes I slice the meat off the bones and serve them inside corn tortillas – also from Vallarta – with a bit of onion, cilantro and sour cream.  No BBQ sauce needed – that rub does everything you need it to do!

Happy Summer!!


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