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Grilling, or grill cooking, is probably the most popular form of outdoor cooking in the United States and the world today. It is a quick way to cook without making a huge mess inside. And it is a healthy way to cook that just about everybody loves.

One of the things that makes grilling and grill recipes so appealing for the cook is how simple the process is.

Grilling is a cooking process where the act of cooking itself adds most of the flavor to the meat. It sears or locks in the delicious natural flavors of meat, making it almost a foolproof way to cook.

Texas Barbeque Spare Ribs

This is one of those grill recipes where the bulk of the meat is tenderized and cooked in an oven on low heat before it ever sees the grill or pit. Then it is finished with a smoke infusion on the grill.


  • 6 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1 1/2 cups regular sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 5 tablespoons pan drippings
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup wood chips, soaked

1. Clean the ribs by trimming away any excess fat. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, 1/4 cup salt, ground black pepper, paprika, 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Coat ribs all over with spice mix(You can use your favorite rub mix instead if you have one). Place the ribs in two large roasting pans, piling two racks of ribs per pan. Cover, and refrigerate for 8 or more hours.

2. Bake ribs uncovered in a 275 degree oven for 3 to 4 hours, or until the ribs are tender and almost fall apart.

3. Remove about 1/4 cup of drippings from the bottom of the roasting pans, and place in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion in pan drippings until lightly browned and tender. Stir in ketchup, and heat for 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Next, mix in water and brown sugar, and season to taste with cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 hour, adding water as necessary until sauce is to a nice thickness.

4. Preheat grill for medium-low heat.

5. When ready to grill, add soaked wood chips to the coals or to the smoker box of a gas grill. Lightly oil grill grate. Place ribs on the grill two racks at a time so they are not crowded. Cook for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. Baste ribs with sauce during only the last 10 minutes of grilling, to prevent the sauce from burning.

6. Take ribs off the grill, and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Serve em up and pass out plenty of napkins.

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