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Myron Mixon’s Easy Backyard Spare Ribs

Ingredients

Rib Marinade ingredients
1/2 liter ginger ale or ginger beer
2 cups orange juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup salt
1 (1-ounce) packet dry ranch-flavored salad dressing mix

Spare Rib ingredients
4 racks St. Louis–style spareribs
1 recipe Rib Marinade
3 cups Jack’s Old South Original Rub or make your own (or buy one you like)
Approximately 1 cup water
1 recipe Jack’s Old South Hickory Sauce or make your own (or buy one you like)

Directions

Marinade Directions
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients.
Stir well to thoroughly incorporate.
Pour into a quart-size container and store, refrigerated, for up to 2 weeks. Shake well before using.

Spare Rib directions
Make sure your ribs are trimmed of all fat and are as uniform as possible in length, which you should’ve asked your butcher to do for you already. There should be no “silver” membrane on the back of them, either.

Set the racks of ribs in an aluminum baking pan and cover them completely with the marinade. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

When you are ready to cook the ribs, remove them from the marinade. Pat them dry with paper towels. Apply the rub lightly around the edges of the ribs, over the backs of them, and all over the tops. Then let the ribs sit uncovered at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, preferably 1 hour.

Prepare your smoker or grill and heat it to 275°F. (If using a grill, build a pile of coals on one side of the grill and ignite them; you’ll cook on the other side of the grill. If you want to add smoke, soak wood chips overnight and scatter over your coals right before you put the meat on.)

Transfer the ribs to a clean aluminum baking pan. Put the pan in the smoker or grill and smoke the ribs for 3 hours. After 3 hours, remove the pan from the smoker. Pour about a cup of water into a clean aluminum baking pan. Place the ribs in the new pan, bone side down, and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place the pan in the smoker or grill and smoke the ribs for 2 hours.

Remove the pan from the smoker and shut off the heat in the smoker. Remove the foil from the rib pan and apply the sauce to the front and back of the slabs. Cover the pan with the foil again, return it to the smoker or grill, and let the ribs rest in the smoker or grill as the heat dies down, for 1 hour.

Remove the ribs from the pan and transfer them to a clean cutting board. Let the ribs rest for 10 minutes, uncovered. Cut the ribs to separate them, then serve immediately.

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