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Friday, July 17, 2009

Baby Back Rub

Not that kind of back rub...

What could be more primal than tearing meat off a bone with your teeth? Ribs are a delicious part of the summer BBQ season, but are too often slathered with super sugary sauces. Here's my recipe for a gorgeous, flavorful dry rub.

2 TB Dark Brown Sugar
1 TB Paprika
2 tsp kosher or sea salt
2 tsp rosemary, crushed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper*
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground ginger
*adjust up or down based on your tolerance for spiciness

A little sugar goes a long way in this recipe, yielding enough to cover at least 2 and up to 4 racks of ribs. It works out to only a few grams of sugar per serving. The dry rub creates a flavorful crust and keeps you from messing up your shirt with sloppy sauces!

Coming up next: Spicy Mango BBQ Sauce

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