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Kansas City Dry Rib Rub and Grilled Baby Back Ribs

You will not be able to stop eating these ribs, trust me! They’re perfectly seasoned and fall-off-the-bone tender. My homemade recipe for Kansas City dry rib rub is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy flavors. Baby back rib grilling instructions included!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet GlutenFreeDiet
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Author Amy Rains


  • 4 lbs or 4 racks of Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 3/4 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Begin by preparing your ribs. Peel off the membrane on the bone side of your rib racks. This is best done with a paper towel.
  2. Mix together the remaining ingredients into a small bowl.
  3. Rub the spices on the Meat side of the ribs and place into the fridge.
  4. Let sit for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  5. For the charcoal grill: begin by lighting your charcoal and preparing a pyramid shape. Once the coals are gray and the grill is ready, spread out the coals slightly.
  6. Place the ribs bone side down (look at picture in the above post) on the perimeter of the grill and avoid any direct heat.
  7. Slowly cook for about 45 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. Meat should be juicy and tender.
  8. For a propane grill: light the outside burners and heat up to a medium high. Place the ribs on the inside burners that are not heated to avoid the direct fire.

Recipe Notes

*For Big Green Egg instructions, see post copy above!