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Video:Memphis Rub for Ribs

with Ted Menzies

Learn how to make Memphis rub for ribs and impress family and friends with amazing tasting ribs at your next barbecue. Here, see step-by-step instructions for how to make Memphis rub for ribs.See Transcript

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Transcript:Memphis Rub for Ribs

Hi, I'm Ted Menzies for About.com. Today I'm going to be showing you how to prepare barbecued ribs using a traditional Memphis dry rub recipe. You can find all the ingredients in the Southern Food section of About.com.

Ingredients for Memphis Rub for Ribs

Here's all the ingredients you'll need to create your Memphis dry rub. You start off with:
  • two tablespoons of garlic powder
  • two tablespoons of onion powder
  • two tablespoons of black pepper
  • just one tablespoon of salt -- you don't need too much salt in there
  • two tablespoons of chili powder
  • two tablespoons of ground cumin which gives it a really unique flavor
  • two tablespoons of brown sugar
  • and you want to go with four tablespoons of paprika. The red gives it that deep color that everyone expects to see when you're making barbecue.
  • And finally we've got an option for two tablespoons of cayenne pepper.

Instructions for Making Memphis Rub for Ribs

Traditionally this is a spicy recipe, but if you're serving children or people who have sensitive tastes you may want to skip on the cayenne pepper. And that's it!Combine all those ingredients in your pan and mix them up using a nice small whisk, this is a good way to blend all the ingredients together and make sure you get an even distribution. You want all of those great flavors to come out on every rib.Here's our rack of ribs. The first thing that I want to do is trim some of this skin that goes along the back edge of the ribs as you can see over here. This is not something you want to eat so what I'm going to do is trim it right along the bone and then use my knife and my fingers to carefully lift the skin off.

Once you've gotten underneath the skin you just want to pull it straight off. Now with the skin removed we're ready to add our rub. You want to generously cover the rib rack with your seasoning. Make sure that it's fully covered, like so. After you've applied your rub you want to give it about 45 minutes to allow the meat to absorb all the flavor of that great rub you've put on there. It also gives it time to develop a sort glaze on top that's perfect for barbecue.These great tasting Memphis dry rub ribs will be the highlight of your picnic table.

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