Kansas City Style Pork Ribs

Prep Time
Cook Time
4h 25m
Ready In

"You can say anything you want about ribs, but I say these are "The Best"!!! They are truly delicious and full of delicious southern hospitality taste in every bite! You will want these all the time after eating them for the first time. Great on the grill or in the oven. Don't matter to Pat Neely which way you make them, as long as you DO! Really folks, you are gonna love these ribs! Kansas City here we come!!!"

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (1152.7 g)
  • Calories 1955.7
  • Total Fat - 89.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 17.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 503.5 mg
  • Sodium - 3130.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 150.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.5 g
  • Sugars - 143 g
  • Protein - 134.5 g
  • Calcium - 245.8 mg
  • Iron - 8.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 2.7 mg

Step by Step Method


Step 1

Remove the thin white membrane off of the bone-side of the ribs. Mix together the brown sugar, dry mustard, cayenne, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Step 2

Massage the rub into the ribs, and let sit for 1 hour, or up to overnight.

Step 3

If cooking on the grill, place the ribs meat-side down next to medium-hot coals that are about 225 degrees F.

Step 4

The indirect heat will cook them slower, making them tender.

Step 5

Allow to cook for 1 hour.

Step 6

Turn ribs every half hour, and baste with the Kansas City Barbeque Sauce.

Step 7

Cook until the ribs are tender, about 3-4 hours.

Step 8

If Cooking Indoors: Place in a roasting pan with a rack.

Step 9

Slather the ribs with the Kansas City Barbeque Sauce, and tent a piece of aluminum foil over them.

Step 10

In a preheated 350 degrees F oven, place the ribs, basting with the sauce every 30 minutes, and removing the foil for the last 30 minutes, and cooking until fork tender, about 2 1/2-3 hours.


Step 11

In a small sauce pot on medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the onion, cooking until translucent.

Step 12

Add the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, and mix together.

Step 13

Add to sauce pan, and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.

Step 14

Use to baste the pork spare ribs.


No special items needed.

6 Reviews


A little spicy and a little sweet. What a great combo that makes. These ribs are delicious and finger licking good, so pass the napkins please! Coleslaw, baked beans, a good potato salad and cornbread is all you need with these ribs!


review by:
(27 May 2021)


These ribs were delicious! The rub and sauce were a perfect match for these tender, juicy and finger licking good ribs! I see many more repeats.


review by:
(19 Sep 2020)


These are some delicious ribs right here! We love the flavor of the rub and BBQ sauce on these ribs. Grab the napkins and make yourself some!


review by:
(24 May 2020)


I bought a new smoker and was looking for rubs and sauces to try. This one turned out to be perfect on my ribs. I smoked them The flavor was awesome! I used oak wood this time but will experiment with others. One heck of a good recipe! My heat was about 200-225 degrees, so it was about the same time as the recipe said using the grill. I am going to made them again using pork tenderloin and pork chops. They should be good too!


review by:
(18 Aug 2015)


We have never had Kansas BBQ and found this absolutely wonderful! I was concerned about the amount of heat as I as putting the rub and sauce together, but it mellowed out to be perfect for us! I have lots of rub/sauce leftover and plan on another feed really soon. Thanks Linda for another one of your keepers. Made for Billboard Recipe tag.


review by:
(2 Aug 2015)


These ribs are fantastic Linda!! One of the best rib recipes I have tried. I let the rub sit on the ribs for 24 hours and the flavour permeated the meat perfectly. This will be made again soon! Made these again today (March 10th 2018) in the oven and we loved them!!!


review by:
(24 Jul 2015)

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