Richie's Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Making your own dry rub takes little effort and won't leave the unpleasant chemical aftertaste associated with many commercial versions. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
- 2 racks baby back ribs (4 pounds total) or pork spareribs
- Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika (if available)
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons granulated brown sugar
- 1 cup favorite barbecue sauce
Sprinkle the ribs generously with salt and black pepper. In a small bowl, combine the sweet and smoked paprikas, sage, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, and brown sugar. Rub the mixture into the meat and let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or refrigerated for up to 2 hours.
Prepare a charcoal grill for indirect heat. (If oven-roasting, see below.)
Place the ribs on the grill, on very low heat, 250 degrees or less. Remember, don't cook ribs over direct flames. Cover and almost close the vents. Every 20 minutes, turn the ribs around to cook evenly. They should be perfectly cooked within 1 1/2 to 2 hours; if using pork spareribs, cook an additional half an hour. Serve with barbecue sauce on the side.