Sticky and spicy barbecued ribs

Sticky and spicy barbecued ribs


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About this recipe: A foolproof, simple recipe for the most succulent and delicious ribs you've ever tasted. Follow the directions exactly, and success is guaranteed! Before barbecuing, the ribs are coated with a dry rub of cumin, chilli powder and paprika to give them lots of flavour and colour. During the last minutes of cooking, baste them with your favourite barbecue sauce.


Serves: 6 

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 (750g) racks of short pork ribs
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr5min  ›  Ready in:1hr25min 

  1. Preheat barbecue for high heat.
  2. In a small jar, combine cumin, chilli powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Close the lid, and shake to mix.
  3. Trim the membrane sheath from the back of each rack. Run a small, sharp knife between the membrane and each rib, and snip off the membrane as much as possible. Sprinkle as much of the spice mixture onto both sides of the ribs as desired. To prevent the ribs from becoming too dark and spicy, do not rub the spices into the ribs. Store any unused spice mix for future use.
  4. Place aluminium foil on lower part to capture the dripping and prevent flare-ups, and lay ribs on upper shelf of barbecue if possible. Reduce heat to low, close lid, and leave undisturbed for 1 hour. Do not lift lid at all.
  5. Brush ribs with desired amount of barbecue sauce, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve ribs as whole rack, or cut between each rib bone and pile on a serving platter.

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Reviews (6)

Doug Matthews

This is one of my favourite rib recipes. Last saturday I prepared these for a guest list of 40. I had three bbq's on the go. Oh and a trick to removing the membrane: use a dry butter knife and scrape into the membrane at the small end of the back ribs..then take a piece of kitchen roll and grip and tug...should come off every time in one piece. - 24 Jul 2008


these were finger licking dlish,and defo left wanting more,i used cattlemens classic barbecue sauce. - 15 Oct 2008


The cooking method, the rub and the sauce are winners! TRY THIS ONE! - 24 Jul 2008

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