Ribs with Big Daddy Rub

Total Time:
2 hr 55 min
5 min
30 min
2 hr 20 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 5 pounds St. Louis style ribs
  • 2 cups Big Daddy Rub, recipe follows
  • 2 liters cola (recommended: Coca-Cola)
  • 4 cups water
  • Apple Cider Buttermilk Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
  • Big Daddy Rub:
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • Apple Cider Buttermilk Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Rub ribs with 1 cup Big Daddy Rub until evenly coated on both sides. Allow ribs to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  • Place ribs in 2 large roasting pans and cover with the cola and water. Cover with foil and cook in oven for 1 1/2 hours. Remove ribs from oven and allow to cool. Slice ribs into individual-size pieces.

  • Preheat grill over medium-high heat.

  • Place ribs on the grill. Brush on apple cider-buttermilk sauce. Cook for additional 5 minutes.

  • In a large bowl, toss ribs with another 1 cup of rub until well coated. Spread ribs out on a sheet tray and bake in the oven for an additional 20 minutes until caramelized.

  • Serve alongside a cider-buttermilk sauce, chipotle aioli, or harissa rouille.

Big Daddy Rub:
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.

  • Yield: 4 cups

Apple Cider Buttermilk Dipping Sauce:
  • In a medium pot add apple cider, sugar and red pepper on medium high heat. Reduce by half. Pour mixture into a separate bowl. Add buttermilk. Mix thoroughly and add lemon juice and zest.

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