Grilled Ribs - Missouri-Style

Course : Grilling
Serves: 1
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2 tablespoons salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cumin -- ground
2 tablespoons pepper -- black, fresh ground
2 tablespoons chili powder
4 tablespoons paprika
2 medium down pork ribs**
-----basting sauce-----
1 3/4 cups vinegar -- white
2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon pepper -- black, fresh ground

Preparation / Directions:

The term "3/down" refers to the weight of the ribs. In this case, it is three pounds or less for each slab of 10 to 12 ribs. Combine salt, sugar, cumin, pepper, chili powder and paprika to make barbeque rub. Rub ribs thoroughly with this mixture. Place ribs on baking sheets and cook in 180 degree oven for 3 hours. Do not turn; slow cooking infuses spices. Remove from oven. (ribs may now be covered and refrigerated up to 2 days before grilling) Use very low charcoal fire with rack set as high as possible. Grill ribs 5 minutes to 30 minutes per side, depending on heat and temperature of ribs. Ribs should have light outer crust and be heated throughout. If you prefer juicy ribs, coat with basting sauce just before removing from grill. Otherwise serve dry with sauce on side. Remove ribs from grill, cut in between bones and serve. Note: Recipe is easily halved or doubled. Keep 2:1 proportion of sauce to rub.

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