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Big Bob Gibson’s Tennessee Barbecue

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Tennessee BarbecueIf you really know barbecue, you probably know Big Bob Gibson. He’s famous for his Tennessee-style barbecue restaurant. But you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own backyard to get a sample of his original taste. Emeril Lagasse prepared his ribs on Good Morning America in 1999 and so can you.

Ingredients

For the ribs

  • Slab of ribs
  • Cup of apple juice
  • Big Bob’s Barbecue Red Sauce (directions below)
  • Big Bob’s all-purpose barbecue rub (directions below)
  • A grill or pit is required for this recipe

 

For the barbecue rub

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup garlic salt
  • 1/3 cup onion salt
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

For the sauce

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2/3 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed

 

Directions

Prepare the ribs

1. Place slab of ribs bone side up on table. Slide a knife under the membrane and against the end bone to separate the two. With a dry paper towel or rag, grasp the edge of the thin membrane and pull. The entire membrane should separate from rib. Note: This will result in a more tender rib and will allow your barbecue flavors to better penetrate the meat.

2. Generously shake the barbecue rub onto the front and backsides of the ribs. Gently pat to ensure that the rub will adhere to the meat. Let the rub marinade for as long as possible.

Directions for cooking

1. Heat grill or pit to 225°F. Note: A variety of fuel types can be used: gas, charcoal, wood chips including hickory, oak, cherry apple, etc. Place ribs meat side up into cooker. Cook for 3 hours on 225 degrees.

2. Spray ribs with apple juice. Note: This will provide moisture, keep the bark from drying and add a fruity background flavor.

3. Cook an additional 2 hours until ribs separate with a slight tug. Apply a generous coat of barbecue sauce (sauce directions below) to both sides of the ribs. Cook 15 minutes, remove, cut and serve.

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