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Barbecue: Kansas City-Style Ribs

You didn't actually think two weeks of smoking lessons was going to end without a rib recipe, right? Armed with smoking know-how, it's time to start Memorial Day off in proper fashion with a few racks of these Kansas City-style ribs.

Like Kansas City-style sauce, the rub tips the scale in the sweet direction, but gets enough chili powder and pepper to create a spice that balances it out. Once the rub is applied and these hit the smoker at 225 °F, you grab a beer and wait until they're nice and tender.

In the last half hour, brush on a layer of Kansas City-style sauce. It only caramelizes slightly and produces the thick, sticky layer of sauce that defines the style of these finger-lickin' good ribs.

About the author: Joshua Bousel brings you new, tasty condiment each Wednesday and a recipe for weekend grilling every Friday. He also writes about grilling and barbecue on his blog The Meatwave whenever he can be pulled away from his grill.

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