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BBQ Beef Ribs with Memphis Dry Rub

Ribs need to be cooked slowly to become tender and juicy. While one might think that BBQ beef ribs need to be smoked, that isn’t the case. In this recipe, you use your oven.

BBQ Beef Ribs with Memphis Dry Rub

BBQ Ribs

Beef Ribs with Memphis BBQ Dry Rub

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, bbq, beef, ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 4


  • 8 Tablespoons paprika
  • 4 Tablespoons powdered garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons celery seed
  • 1 Tablespoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose Greek seasoning, Cavender's Seasoning is a good option
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce, homemade or store-bought (optional)
  • 2 slabs beef ribs, for BBQ


  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, add all spices and mix them together.
  • Rinse beef ribs and allow excess water to drip away.
  • Line a flat baking sheet with aluminum foil for easier cleanup. Lay ribs on sheet.
  • Thickly coat both sides of ribs.
  • Place them on a cooking sheet and cover tightly with foil, sealing the edges.
  • Place an oven-safe pan of water next to or below the ribs on another rack.
  • Bake at 250 Degrees for 2 hours, turning once halfway through.
  • For wet ribs, after 2 hours, add a generous coat of your favorite BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 30 minutes.


You may have more rub mix than necessary for your ribs. If so, save it in a Ziploc bag or sealed container for another time.

Note: If you can’t find Cavender’s Seasoning in your local grocery store, you can buy it on Amazon.

How to Cook BBQ Beef Ribs

There are several methods for producing mouthwatering barbecued ribs without the expense of buying a smoker. Here are a few tried and true options.

  • Cooking in an oven at low temperature: Place ribs in a roasting pan with 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. Cover with foil and seal the edges. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours, turning over once after an hour.

    If you don’t have a roasting pan, simply use a cooking sheet and cover tightly with foil. Place an oven-safe pan of water next to the ribs or on another shelf in the oven.

    For wet ribs, after two hours, add a generous coating of your favorite BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

  • Grill over low heat: Wrap the ribs tightly in foil and grill over low heat (around 250 degrees) for 3 hours, turning once half-way through.

    For web ribs, during the last 15 minutes of cooking time, coat them with your favorite BBQ sauce.

  • Make wet ribs in a Slow Cooker: Place the ribs in a slow cooker, cover with your choice of sauce and cook 8 to 12 hours on low.

One thing to remember about cooking BBQ beef ribs is you need to set it and forget it. No matter which way you’re cooking them, it’s important that the temperature remains steady. The more times you peek at the meat, the more heat is released and the less tender and juicy the ribs will become. In addition, it will take longer to cook — something the family will not like!

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Creativity in the kitchen doesn’t stop at the recipe itself. You can have all sorts of creative culinary fun with leftovers! Here are some ideas for what you can do with BBQ beef ribs leftovers.

  • BBQ sandwiches: Of course! Slice open a hoagie roll, slather some BBQ sauce on it, pull the meat off the ribs, and stack on the bread. That’s your basic recipe. However, you might also enjoy adding some grilled onions, coleslaw, or plain shredded cabbage.
  • BBQ casserole: Toss the meat into a casserole dish. Add some bacon and Monterey Jack cheese, top with mashed potatoes, and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Yum!
  • BBQ Pot Pie: Using store-bought pie crusts, add your favorite veggies and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until the crust becomes golden brown.
  • BBQ pizza: Start with a store-bought crust, top with more BBQ sauce, meat, veggies, and cheese. Bake according to crust directions.
  • BBQ Burritos: Wrap beef and 1 Tablespoon BBQ sauce in a flour tortilla, ensuring the ends are sealed. Deep fry (or bake) until golden brown and crispy. Excellent when served with ranch dip.
  • BBQ Macaroni: Cook macaroni and cheese according to directions on the box — or make your own. Warm the meat in the microwave, adding more BBQ sauce if necessary to keep meat from drying out. Mix the warmed meat into the prepared mac-n-cheese. Sprinkle with bacon bits and your favorite shredded cheese.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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