Neely’s BBQ Pork Spare Ribs

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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 24 hours 10 min
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1   slab pork spare ribs (about 4 pounds)
4 ounce Neely’s BBQ Seasoning, recipe follows
1 quart Neely’s BBQ Sauce, recipe follows

Neely’s BBQ Seasoning:
4 ounces paprika
2 ounces white sugar
1 teaspoon onion powder

Neely’s BBQ Sauce: 
16 ounces ketchup
8 ounces water
3 ounces brown sugar
3 ounces white sugar
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon dry mustard powder
1-ounce lemon juice
1-ounce Worcestershire sauce
4 ounces apple cider vinegar
1-ounce light corn syrup
2 ounces Neely’s BBQ Seasoning





Place pork rib slab flat on a clean chopping board. Pull off membrane. Cut off the excess fat and meat. Season both sides of the slab with Neely’s BBQ Seasoning. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours.

Preheat your grill at 275 degrees F, using hickory wood and charcoal.

Place the slab on the grill away from the flame, using indirect heat. Cook the slab for approximately 2 1/2 hours with the curl side up. Flip the slab over to finish cooking for approximately 1 hour or until you get full bend in the slab.

For dry ribs: Pull ribs off grill, sprinkle Neely’s BBQ Seasoning over entire slab. Cut between the bones and serve.

For wet ribs: Pull ribs off grill, pour Neely’s BBQ Sauce over slab. Cut between the bones and serve.

Neely’s BBQ Seasoning:

Mix all the ingredients and set aside.

Neely’s BBQ Sauce: 

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a stockpot or large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Reduce temperature to low and simmer, uncovered, for at least 2 hours.

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It tasted wonderful when i made it!!!!

By Anonymous on April 15, 2012


What a better way to do something different this christmas then to find 6racks of ribs on sale!$4 for every 2 racks. Well i have 3 teenage boys to feed and we are turkey'd out! I just bought me a ezfoil pan and a gallon of BBQ sauce.I always come to your website for advice and am never dissappointed, so wish me luck or send me an email 4any great tips please! I think ima try neely's pork rib reciepe This is my first time doing an overnight rub! ty again, your loyal chubby well fed friend ,Amanda

By Amanda on December 21, 2011


Dear Mrs Deen I really enjoy watching your show.I have cooked the Neely's ribs for my family and they licked their fingers clean . Thank you so much for all these delicious recipes. Amanda

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