What’s For Memorial Day Dinner? Kansas City Style Spare Ribs



Photo courtesy Southern Living

Looking to grill a few ribs this weekend?  Here’s my favorite recipe (that I’ve even grilled a few times myself, without any help from my hubby!)  They do take quite a bit of time to grill, so take a few minutes to season them with the rub the night before you make them, and then plan to be home for a few hours to grill before serving.  I’ll update with my own photo when we make them over the weekend, but doesn’t Southern Living’s photo look delicious?  This recipe makes 6 LARGE servings, so we usually half the recipe at our house (leftover ribs aren’t a favorite around here!)


Kansas City Style Spare Ribs


  1. 2 tablespoons kosher salt (can substitute with table salt) $0.75/1 Morton Kosher Salt, exp. 5-27-11 (Publix Yellow Advantage Buy Flier)
  2. 2 tablespoons paprika
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  4. 1 tablespoon oregano
  5. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  6. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground all-spice
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 2 to 3 slabs meaty pork spareribs, 6-7 lbs On Sale at Publix $1.99/lb.
  11. 2 cups barbecue sauce Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce BOGO at Publix $2.35, use $1/2 Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce 5/22/11 SS



  • Mix everything except the barbecue sauce and ribs in small bowl.
  • Rub dry ingredients into ribs (go ahead and rub it into both sides – I’m not sure if you’re supposed to but that’s what I’ve always done).  Lay ribs on large cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap (the original recipe says to place in plastic bags, but I’ve never found bags big enough for those ribs!)  Refrigerate ribs for 2-8 hours.
  • Allow the ribs to stand at room temperature about 20-30 minutes before grilling.  Grill, rib side down over indirect, medium heat. until meat is very tender and pulls off bones, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • During last 20 minutes baste frequently with barbecue sauce.  Remove from grill and rest 5-10 minutes before cutting.
  • Warm extra barbecue sauce and serve on the side with the ribs.


Serve with Broccoli Cheese Casserole and Strawberries and Cream . . . YUMMMM!


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  1. Jennifer G. says:

    Keep your eyes peeled for a beer tearpad for $5.00 off ribs (min. 2 lbs). I’m sorry I don’t remember which type of beer….it was one of the more expensive ones but I don’t believe any beer purchase was necessary.

  2. Jennifer G. says:

    Oh…this was a rebate, not a coupon.

    • Thanks Jennifer! (I bought some yesterday but didn’t see one, I’ll have to go check out the beer aisle again later!) 🙂

  3. claudia says:

    can you do these in the oven? They look and sound delish!

  4. Had to come and tell you that these were amazing! We had them on Memorial Day and my husband was nervouse about grilling ribs. He grills everything but ribs have always made him cringe! Thanks for posting this recipe, we loved them so much we are making them again on Saturday 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked them Jaime! I was pretty scared the first time we tried them out too, but they were so much easier than I expected. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed them 🙂

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