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Texas Pork Ribs Recipe

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Prep Time:
30 Min

Cook Time:
5 Hrs

Ready In:
13 Hrs 30 Min

Original Recipe Yield 12 servings

    •    6 pounds pork spareribs
    •    1 1/2 cups white sugar
    •    1/4 cup salt
    •    2 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
    •    3 tablespoons sweet paprika
    •    1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
    •    2 tablespoons garlic powder
    •    5 tablespoons pan drippings
    •    1/2 cup chopped onion
    •    4 cups ketchup
    •    3 cups hot water
    •    4 tablespoons brown sugar
    •    cayenne pepper to taste
    •    salt and pepper to taste
    •    1 cup wood chips, soaked
    •    Clean the ribs, and trim away any excess fat. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, 1/4 cup salt, ground black pepper, paprika, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Coat ribs liberally with spice mix. Place the ribs in two 10×15 inch roasting pans, piling two racks of ribs per pan. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

    •    Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C). Bake uncovered for 3 to 4 hours, or until the ribs are tender and nearly fall apart.

    •    Remove 5 tablespoons of drippings from the bottom of the roasting pans, and place in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onion in pan drippings until lightly browned and tender. Stir in ketchup, and heat for 3 to 4 more minutes, stirring constantly. Next, mix in water and brown sugar, and season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, adding water as necessary to achieve desired thickness.

    •    Preheat grill for medium-low heat.

    •    When ready to grill, add soaked wood chips to the coals or to the smoker box of a gas grill. Lightly oil grill grate. Place ribs on the grill two racks at a time so they are not crowded. Cook for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste ribs with sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling, so the sauce does not burn.