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EJ's Simple Ribs

My son, EJ, loves these ribs, so I named them after him. I bake them with a spice rub, then baste them with sauce before they grill, and oh baby, are they moist and tender.

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  • Servings: 4
EJ's Simple Ribs

Source: Everyday Food, July 2008


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 slabs baby back ribs (about 2 pounds total)
  • Vegetable oil, for grates
  • Emeril's Rib Sauce


  1. In a small bowl, combine mustard powder, paprika, celery salt, onion powder, red-pepper flakes, garlic powder, celery seed, and 1 teaspoon salt. Rub slabs on both sides with the spice mixture, and refrigerate, loosely covered, for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Stack slabs on a double layer of aluminum foil; tightly wrap. Place on a rack on a baking sheet. Cook until meat pulls away from the bone and is easily pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  3. Heat grill to medium-high; lightly oil grates. Carefully remove ribs from foil, pouring off any liquid. Brush generously on both sides with rib sauce; grill ribs until sauce begins to bubble and brown around the edges, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Serve ribs with any leftover sauce, if desired.

Cook's Note

This recipe is from Emeril Lagasse's column, Kick It Up.

Reviews (10)

  • djrobins60 23 Sep, 2013

    wonderful BBQ Sauce and Rib recipe! I tried this recipe with ribs and it turned out to be a "keeper"....I also made pulled pork sandwiches and used the BBQ sauce---it was WONDERFUL...received alot of compliments at a potluck too! Keep those great recipes coming--thanks!

  • Violetblu 23 Nov, 2012

    I have enjoyed other rib recipes of Emeril's which were outstanding, but this rib recipe one along with the rib sauce was unappealing.

  • graceandkatesmom 18 Feb, 2010

    Please try this GREAT easy rib recipe. I just use whatever spices I have on hand, wrap them in foil and bake for exactly 2 hours. I cheat and use a bottled bbq sauce and remove them from the foil and put them back under the broiler for a few minutes. I am a southerner and we eat bbq at least once a week. Great for company too!!!

  • kitkat0708 13 Jul, 2009

    sputchinski try boiling the ribs for about and hour then bake them for another hour they will come out very tender.

  • iluvlife2day 11 Oct, 2008

    These ribs have become a favorite for my husband and I... Just make sure you cook it for more like 2 hours (or more). For a smaller version we buy country style spare ribs and that only takes about 1 1/2 hours.

  • grazianolinda 22 Aug, 2008

    Good but not great. We usually really enjoy Emeril's recipes but this one just didn't do it. Maybe the ribs needed to cook longer.

  • sputchinski 15 Jul, 2008

    My husband and toddler loved these ribs and sauce. I prepared exactly according to recipe. Next time I will cook a little longer in the oven perhaps 2- 2 1/2 hours. I like the meat to fall off the bone a little more easily. This may be my new regular rib and sauce recipe.

  • mizwidget 1 Jul, 2008

    This sounds really yummy. I especially like the tang from the apple cider vinegar. This seems to be a "meeting of minds" between those folks who like their barbecue sauce sweet and those who don't want any sweetness within a mile of their pork ribs.

  • LisaNJAZ 30 Jun, 2008

    Easy - This was the first time EVER that I made ribs. Great recipe!

  • mmsrjs 25 Jun, 2008


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