Memphis Style Barbecue Rib Recipe

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Our barbecue rib recipe according to the Memphis way of doing things will be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Memphis−Style Barbecue Rib Recipe

3 Pound Racks baby back ribs
2 Teaspoon Salt
2 Teaspoon Coarse ground black pepper
Apple Juice for Basting
1 Cup Red wine vinegar
2 Cup Onion, chopped
2 Garlic, cloves, minced
1/4 Cup Mustard, yellow prepared
1/2 Cup Brown sugar, packed
2 Cup Ketchup
2 Lemons, thinly sliced
1 Teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce

Trim as much fat as possible from ribs. On bone side, work knife tip beneath
membrane that covers bone until finger tips can be worked beneath rack
membrane, loosening enough to get firm grip. Then peel membrane off rack.

With paring knife, scrape any fat away from bone.

Sprinkle ribs on both sides with even, light coating of salt and pepper.

Place ribs, bone−side−down on grill. Grill over low fire 1 1/2 hours, turning
every 15 to 20 minutes, replenishing fire as necessary.

Baste with apple
juice at every turn during first half of cooking period either by brushing
on, or simply spraying apple juice from spray bottle. If smoking with
indirect heat, turn at 1 hour intervals, cooking 4 to 6 hours.

Combine vinegar, onion, garlic, mustard, sugar and hot sauce in blender.
Blend until smooth. Place in saucepan and add ketchup.

Simmer 20 minutes.

Add lemon slices. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking. Use sauce as
frequent baste for last half of cooking period, whether grilling or smoking,
being careful not to burn ribs. Serve remaining sauce on side.

This barbecue rib recipe assumes you will be grilling either directly or indirectly however it can easily be modified for the smoker as well.

You could also use spare ribs instead of baby backs if you so desired however the smoking time would be extended to 6 hours at 225 degrees.


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