Memphis-style pork side ribs

Prep 20 min
Total 1 hour 40 min
Makes 4 servings

A summer grill guide isn’t complete without some saucy glazed ribs. These Memphis-style side ribs are spiced and saucy—perfect for a summer cookout.



4 tsp
sweet paprika
2 tsp
1/2 tsp


1 cup
1/2 cup
cider vinegar
2 tbsp
yellow mustard
1 tbsp
1 tbsp
1/4 cup
packed brown sugar
1 tsp


  • PREHEAT oven to 325F. Trim silverskin membrane and excess fat off ribs. Slice each rib rack in half.
  • STIR paprika with salt and cayenne in a small bowl. Season with fresh pepper. Rub spice mixture on both sides of ribs. Arrange ribs, meaty-side up, in a shallow roasting pan. Add enough water so that it reaches 1/4 in. up side of pan. Cover tightly with foil. Bake in centre of oven until meat is tender, 70 to 90 min. Transfer ribs to platter, discard liquid.
  • STIR sauce ingredients in a saucepan and set over medium. Gently boil 8 to 10 min.
  • PREHEAT barbecue to medium-low. Brush ribs with sauce. Oil grill, then barbecue ribs, with lid open, turning and basting with sauce, until ribs are glazed and heated through, 8 to 10 min. Remove to a cutting board. Slice into 1-rib portions and serve.

No Barbecue? To finish the ribs in the oven, discard liquid in roasting pan. Arrange ribs, meaty-side up, then generously baste with sauce. Continue baking, uncovered, in the centre of a 325F oven for 30 min. Brush with sauce every 10 min until ribs are glazed.


Calories 951
Protein 67 g
Carbohydrates 35 g
Fat 60 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 1846 mg

Wine Pairings

Laurence Feraud Plan Pegau, France, $15

Rhône reds are always a great match for all kinds of ribs, their dark brambly fruit and spicy woodsmoke aromatics complementing the savoury meaty flavours wonderfully. Coming from one of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s more esteemed producers, this bottle delivers a great deal for a wine at this price point.

Bodegas Castaño Hecula Yelca, Spain, $12

The monastrell grape is one of the hidden gems of Spanish wine, and the Hecula is a splendid bargain-priced introduction to its rustic charms. There’s an abundance of juicy, ripe black fruit in the glass, supplemented by nuances of smoky oak, rosemary, thyme and underbrush.

Issue: July 2013

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Photo credit: Memphis-style pork side ribs recipe Photo by John Cullen

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