Kansas City Ribs Recipe

3hrs - 3hrs 30mins | 6 servings | 702 cal



1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 to 6 pounds meaty beef back ribs or pork loin back ribs
6 to 8 hickory wood chunks
Kansas City Barbecue Sauce or your favorite bottled sauce

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup apple juice
1/2 6-ounce can (1/3 cup) tomato
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish


Prep: 30min| Smoke: 2hrs 30min - 3hrs | Ready in: 3hrs - 3.5hrs

Step 1
For rub: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, salt, garlic powder, dry mustard, celery salt, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle rub evenly over ribs; rub in with your fingers.

Step 2
In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place onions. Place beef on top In a smoker arrange preheated coals, wood chunks, and water pan according to manufacturer's directions. Pour water into pan. Place ribs, bone side down, on grill rack over water pan. (Or place ribs in a rib rack and place on grill rack.) Cover and smoke for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until ribs are tender, brushing once with the Kansas City Barbecue Sauce during the last 15 minutes of smoking. (If ribs get too dark, wrap in foil during the last part of grilling.) Add additional coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture.

Step 3
Serve ribs with remaining sauce.


Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

In a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot olive oil until onion is tender. Stir in apple juice, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Stir in horseradish.