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Memphis Style BBQ

Baby Back Ribs & Dry Rub Recipes

Memphis Style BBQ and Kansas City BBQ share a few similarities:

-Both cities claim to be the Barbeque Capital of the World.

-Both have many barbeque restaurants that cook great bbq ribs and other meats.

-Both use barbeque sauces that have a sweet and spicy tomato base, although Kansas City uses quite a bit more.

Probably the main differences between Memphis Style BBQ and Kansas City BBQ and other barbeque styles are in Memphis:

-They predominately use baby back ribs cooked with various tangy and sweet dry rub recipes.

-They very seldom cook with barbeque sauce.

-Their sauce is thinner and usually used for dipping.

If you haven't eaten Memphis Style BBQ yet, you should consider it. It is an all-around great bbq cooking method that is definitely worth trying. I have included some really good Memphis Barbeque recipes including a couple of dry rib recipes that have particularly delicious results.

Memphis Style Dry Rub for Baby Back Ribs


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Rub seasoning using about 2 tablespoons per slab of ribs. Use more if you like them hot. Put on grill in single layer away from direct heat. Cook on low heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. After cooking wrap the ribs in foil and let them rest for at least 30 minutes to let the juices redistribute.

Memphis Rib Rub

This rub is great for baby back ribs but works well with any barbequed or grilled meats.

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1� teaspoons ground cayenne

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Store any unused rub in a sealed container in the freezer.

This makes about 2/3 cup of rib rub.

This is a good standard Memphis Barbeque Sauce that is perfect for dipping:


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1
  • /4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, garlic powder, mustard powder, and salt. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before brushing on your racks of baby back ribs.

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