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Sliced Memphis style dry rub ribs arranged in a pile on a wood cutting board.
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Memphis Style Dry Rub Ribs

These Memphis Style Ribs are a BBQ staple and a recipe that every BBQ enthusiast should have in their back pocket. Smoky and tender, with a the perfect amount of seasoning from my homemade Memphis dry rub
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time5 hours
Resting Time15 minutes
Total Time5 hours 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Keyword: Dry Rub Ribs, Memphis Style Ribs
Servings: 6 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


Memphis Rubs Spritz

  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat your smoker. These ribs are smoked at a higher temperature of 275 degrees F using Hickory wood.
  • Prepare your ribs. Remove the papery membrane on the back of your ribs and trim off any loose pieces of ribs or thick pieces of fat. Using 3 Tablespoons of your Memphis Style Dry Rub, season your ribs liberally on both sides and press the seasoning in with your hands (don't actually rub it).
  • Smoke your ribs. Get your ribs on the smoker (bone side down) and close the lid. Don't peek or lift the lid at all for the first hour.
  • Begin spritzing. Combine the apple cider vinegar and apple juice in a spritzing bottle. Spritz the ribs every 30 minutes after the first hour.
  • Spritz and smoke. Keep your temperatures at 275 degrees F and the spritz hitting the ribs every 30 minutes until those ribs are tender. The meat will start to pull away from the bones about 1/4 inch and the color will turn a nice, deep mahogany. If you pick up the ribs on one end with your tongs, they will bend easily and the top of the ribs will start to shred apart. The total time of the ribs on the smoker is typically 4.5-5 hours.
  • Season the ribs again. Once your ribs are ready, take them off the smoker and place them on a cutting board. Let them rest for about 15 minutes. Season the ribs with another dusting of your Memphis dry rub seasoning before slicing and serving.



Memphis Dry Rub Recipe: https://heygrillhey.com/memphis-dry-rub/


Calories: 467kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 570mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 301IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 5mg