• 2 racks of pork ribs
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup favorite barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees if baking right away. Otherwise, prepare meat and let marinate in fridge for 2-4 hours.
  2. To prepare meat, remove from package and pat dry with a paper towel. Remove thin layer of membrane on the back side of the ribs where the bones are (clickable link for explanation in body of post).
  3. In a small bowl, combine salt, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to mix evenly.
  4. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke over each rack of ribs. Divide spice mix between both racks and rub all over ribs, front and back. Divide brown sugar between both racks and rub all over ribs.
  5. Lay out two long sheets of heavy duty foil and place a rack on each sheet, bone side down. Place another layer of foil over the top of each rack of ribs. Tightly roll the edges closed so that your ribs are completely covered by the foil. Place the ribs side by side on a large baking sheet with a lip on all sides.
  6. Place ribs in fridge to marinate for 2-4 hours or cook in oven at 275 degrees for 3-3½ hours until meat is tender and pulls away from the bone easily.
  7. Remove racks from foil and discard drippings. Place racks on baking sheet, fleshy side up, and spread ¼ cup or more (depending on preference) of barbecue sauce over tops of each rack of ribs. Broil in the oven for 3-5 minutes or until sauce becomes sticky and caramelized.
  8. Remove ribs from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
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