Ribs with Big Daddy Rub

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 55 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rub ribs with 1 cup Big Daddy Rub until evenly coated on both sides. Allow ribs to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
  5. Place ribs on the grill. Brush on apple cider-buttermilk sauce. Cook for additional 5 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve alongside Apple Cider Buttermilk Sauce, chipotle aioli, or harissa rouille.

Big Daddy Rub:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients until well combined.

Apple Cider Buttermilk Dipping Sauce:

  1. 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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