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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

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 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 Notes

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

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  • 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.
  • MS11402627
    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