Memphis BBQ Ribs Unverified!

Sounds like an interesting way to go: I like mops but always felt like the rub was losing out in the wash.


  • 1-2 slabs pork spare ribs

Spice Rub

  • 4 Tbl paprika
  • 3 Tbl light brown sugar
  • 2 Tbl chili powder
  • 2 Tbl ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbl table salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Cider Mop

  • 3 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • hot sauce, to taste


Trim flaps and membrane from ribs. Mix together rub ingredients and reserve 2 Tbl for table preparation. Coat ribs with rub at least an hour before cooking. Combine cider and vinegar and warm to simmering.

Cook ribs over indirect, smoky low heat for 3-4 hours, mopping every 30 minutes after the first hour.

Sprinkle 1 Tbl of rub over ribs while on the grill before removing and heat each side for an additional 30 seconds.

While meat cools, add remaining 1 Tbl of spice rub to the mop and reduce to 2 cups. Season with hot sauce and serve.