EJ's Simple Ribs

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs

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.


  • 2 ½ teaspoons mustard powder

  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

  • 1 teaspoon celery salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ¾ teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ 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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