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Cajun Spiced Barbecue Ribs

Cajun Spiced Barbecue Ribs

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Cajun Spiced Barbecue Ribs

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About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:1 hour
Total time:6 hours
Special equipment:Smoker or Grill
This recipe appears in: Barbecue: Cajun Spiced Ribs

Ingredients

  • For the Rub:
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
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  • For the Liquid Seasoning
  • 1 (12 ounce) can beer, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid crab boil
  • 1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce
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  • 2 racks St. Louis-cut spareribs
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  • Type of fire: Indirect
  • Grill heat: Low

Procedures

  1. 1

    To make the rub, in a small bowl, mix together paprika, salt, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, cumin, black pepper, white pepper, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.

  2. 2

    To make the liquid seasoning, in a medium bowl, whisk together beer, butter, Worcestershire sauce, liquid crab boil, and Louisiana-style hot sauce. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Remove membrane from back of each rack of ribs and trim meat of excess fat. Season ribs liberally with rub all over.

  4. 4

    Fire up smoker or grill to 225°F, adding chunks of smoking wood when at temperature. When wood is ignited and producing smoke, place ribs in smoker or grill, meat side up. Smoke until ribs darken to a deep rusty red color, about 3 hours.

  5. 5

    Lay each rack of ribs on top of a sheet of extra-large heavy duty aluminum foil; tilt foil edges upward. Pour half of liquid seasoning over each rack of ribs, then seal ribs in foil and place back on smoker or grill for 1 hour.

  6. 6

    Open one end of foil and pour liquid seasoning into a small bowl and reserve. Remove ribs from foil and place back in smoker and continue to cook until ribs have a slight bend when lifted from one end, 1-2 hours more.

  7. 7

    Remove ribs from smoker, brush with reserved liquid seasoning. Serve immediately.

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