Kansas City Ribs

Kansas City ribs
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  • Total: 5 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
828 Calories
40g Fat
53g Carbs
67g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6
Amount per serving
Calories 828
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 51%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 203mg 68%
Sodium 1759mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Protein 67g
Calcium 151mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you're in the mood for a plate of sweet, sticky, delicious pork bbq ribs, then Kansas City ribs are what you're looking for!


  • 3 pounds/1.4 kg pork spareribs
  • For the Rub:
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL paprika
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL cayenne
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup/240 mL ketchup
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL water
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL paprika
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL cayenne

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare ribs by removing the membrane from the underside of the ribs. Trim off any loose fat or meat.

  2. Prepare smoker or grill. Hold a temperature around 225 degrees F/110 degrees C for 4 to 6 hours so plan accordingly. Season with Kansas City rib rub and place on grill or in smoker.

  3. While ribs are cooking, prepare barbecue sauce. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add garlic and sauté until brown. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes until thick.

  4. Cook ribs until the internal temperature of the meat reaches about 185 degrees F/85 degrees C. Brush with barbecue sauce continually during the cooking process.