Connected through Cooking: How to make Bar-B-Q Spare Ribs

Van Sykes from Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q has some quick tips for making delicious spare ribs.

Spare Ribs are a staple of southern soul food. Van Sykes from Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q has some quick tips for making delicious Bar-B-Q spare ribs at home!

Tips for cooking spare ribs

spare ribs

1. Buy the right ribs

The first thing you’re going to want to do is buy some ribs! You’ll want to go to a butcher shop if possible but a grocery store will work in a pinch. The main thing you’re looking for is that the ribs are a “St. Louis trim” which basically means the ribs already have the chewy skirt meat cut off of the bottom.

2. Remove the membrane

The next step is removing the membrane from the backs of the ribs. Removing the membrane allows for better smoke penetration while cooking and better absorption of any kind of seasoning rub, so that means more flavor all around. The first thing you’ll want to do is sprinkle kosher salt (not iodized table salt) all over both sides of the ribs and let them sit for approximately 20 minutes. As the salt absorbs into the meat the water and juices contained within begin to move around, tenderizing the meat and loosening the membrane. When the meat is ready, pick a spot along the ribs around three or four bones in and slide a butter knife between the ribs and the membrane. Use the butter knife to lift up separating part of the membrane from the ribs. Finally, grab a paper towel (it helps to grip the membrane) and peel the remaining membrane away from the spare ribs. Repeat until all of the membranes have been removed.

3. Add spices and smoke it!

If you’re going to do a dry rub, liberally apply your spices to outside of the ribs. A lot of pitmasters will slather the ribs in mustard before applying a dry rub to help the spices adhere to the meat. Place the spare ribs on your smoker and cook! Cooking times and temps will vary by recipe and the type of smoker or grill that you’re cooking on. After you’ve cooked your ribs, feel free to add sauce or eat them plain!

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