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3 gal for use on 20 racks of ribs for Brine, Rub yields 2 Gal

Pork Back Ribs with a Brine Rub

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Pork Back Ribs with a Brine Rub
Serves 3 gal for use on 20 racks of ribs for Brine, Rub yields 2 Gal
This rib recipe was developed by me about 10 years ago and has never let me down with the customers. I can honestly say that I have never had a guest complain about the quality, texture or flavor of my ribs. I am a classily trained executive chef with over 20 years in kitchen, and yes this recipe really has a yield of 20 racks! 

Pork Back Ribs with a Brine Rub

Serves: 3 gal for use on 20 racks of ribs for Brine, Rub yields 2 Gal    


The Brine

  • 2 gal. of water
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • a small hand full peppercorns
  • 2 lemons cut in half

The Rub

  • 2 lbs. granulated sugar
  • 2 lbs. dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups iodized salt
  • ¼ cup coarse grind black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. dry dill
  • ½ cup chili powder
  • ½ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup coriander
  • ¼ cup cumin
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp. cardamom
  • 2 tbsp. chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp. cayenne
  • 2 tbsp. oregano
  • 1tbsp. curry powder
  • ½ cup corn starch


Step 1
The Brine: Bring to a soft boil 2 gal of water
Step 2
Add to boiling water the following ingredients and boil for 20 min, 2 bay leafs, 1c kosher salt, 2c granulated sugar, 10 cloves of garlic, small hand full peppercorns, 2 lemons cut in half.
Step 3
Rapidly cool brine with 5 pounds of ice, and place brine in cooler/freezer to bring temp down to below 40 Degrees F
Step 4
Pour brine over ribs, cover and place in cooler and allow to soak for 24 hours
Step 5
Remove ribs form brine and allow to dry
Step 6
For the Rub: In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients until fully blended (rub should have a BBQ potato chip flavor)
Step 7
Generously coat both sides of the ribs and place in a roasting pan on a roasting rack. Cook ribs at 210 for 10 hours then remove and cool to below 40°F. After ribs are cool wrap each one individually in parchment paper and then foil and place in the freezer.
Step 8
To Re-Heat: Remove ribs from freezer and place on grill at med low heat aprox. 350°F, cook for 10 minutes on each side then remove wrapping and place back on grill for and additional 5 minutes per side.

Happy Grilling!