Alabama BBQ Ribs

Slow-cooked to perfection and smothered in a tangy homemade sauce, these ribs are a true delight for barbecue enthusiasts. The combination of smoky flavors, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and a touch of Southern charm will transport you to the heart of Alabama’s BBQ culture. Get ready to embark on a flavor-packed journey as we delve into the step-by-step instructions for this sensational Alabama-inspired recipe!


  • 2 racks of baby back pork ribs
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional for added heat)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Tangy Homemade Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your grill or smoker to a temperature of 225°F (107°C).
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper. This will be the dry rub for the ribs.
  3. Pat the racks of ribs dry with paper towels. Remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs by loosening it with a knife and pulling it off.
  4. Generously season both sides of the ribs with the prepared dry rub, pressing it onto the meat.
  5. Place the ribs on the grill or smoker, bone side down, and close the lid. Cook for approximately 4-5 hours, or until the meat is tender and starts to pull away from the bones.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the tangy homemade sauce. In a saucepan, combine the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, molasses, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld together.
  7. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, baste the ribs with the tangy homemade sauce, using a brush or spoon. Continue cooking until the sauce caramelizes and creates a sticky glaze.
  8. Once done, remove the ribs from the grill or smoker and let them rest for a few minutes. Cut them into individual ribs or serve as whole racks.
  9. Serve the Soulful Alabama BBQ Ribs with additional sauce on the side, allowing guests to drizzle or dip according to their preference.
  10. Get ready to savor the irresistible combination of tender meat, smoky flavors, and tangy sauce in these Soulful Alabama BBQ Ribs, a true taste of Alabama’s barbecue heritage!

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