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Ultimate Ribs


Let’s start with preparing the rub. Many BBQ cooks keep their rub recipes a secret. That’s just plain silly in my opinion unless of course you’re competing in a competition or running your own restaurant. If you don’t share, the rest of us can’t get better at the craft.

Rub – Stage 1

  1. 2 tsp whole black peppercorns

  2. 2 tsp whole mustard seeds

  3. 1 tsp cumin seeds

  4. 1 tsp celery seeds

Take the spices above and toast them in a small dry skillet over medium heat. You’ll know when it’s done when you get this amazing waft of spice filling your kitchen. It takes about 3-4 minutes in all. Remove the spices and let them cool a bit before transferring to a spice grinder.

Rub – Stage 2

Now add the following to the spice grinder and pulverise it to a nice fine grit.

  1. 3 tbsp paprika (smoked would be awesome too!)

  2. 2 tbsp brown sugar

  3. 2 tsp pure sea salt

  4. 1.5 tsp garlic powder

  5. 1/2 tsp chili powder

Grind it all up and set it aside… your ultimate rib rub is now done.

Let’s move to the sauce next. In a large saucepan add the following ingredients:

  1. 1 can of high octane Coca-Cola (the regular stuff in the red can)

  2. 1 cup Heinz ketchup

  3. 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar

  4. 3 tbsp molasses

  5. 2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrop

  6. 2 tbsp ultimate rib rub (yes, the stuff you just made!)

Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer (uncovered) for about 25 minutes. It’ll thicken up bef