Memphis-Style Ribs Recipe for Country Style BBQ Lovers

Memphis-Style Ribs Recipe for Country Style BBQ Lovers

Do you like to have ribs that are tender with smoky flavor? Memphis-style ribs are known for their perfect balance of spice, smoke, and a touch of sweetness. This recipe will help you achieve that country style BBQ right at home, no matter if you are a smoker or not. 

Memphis-style ribs are all about low and slow cooking, allowing the dry rub to penetrate the meat and create a symphony of flavors. We’ll walk you through every step, from prepping the ribs to achieving that irresistible smoky taste. Even if you don’t have a smoker, we’ve got alternative methods to get you on your way to Memphis-style rib mastery. So, get ready to fire up your grill (or oven!) and impress your friends and family with this delicious recipe. 

Memphis-Style Ribs Recipe 

Memphis-Style Ribs Dish

Memphis-style ribs are a barbecue tradition born from a fusion of cultures in Tennessee city. While the exact origin is unclear, it’s believed 19th-century German and African American immigrants brought their own rib-cooking styles, using rubs and slow-cooking techniques. These styles melded, resulting in the unique Memphis dry rub – a blend of paprika, sugar, and spices – and a focus on smoke flavor. Today, Memphis-style ribs are known for their smoky sweetness, tender texture, and vibrant red color, achieved through slow smoking with hickory wood and a vinegar-based mop. 

Preparation Time: 

90 min 


  • 2 lbs. Memphis-Style Ribs 
  • 1/2 cup Memphis-Style BBQ Sauce 

Kitchen Tools Needed: 

  • Barbecue 


  • Preheat the barbecue to medium-high heat. 
  • Season the Memphis-Style Ribs with salt and pepper. 
  • Grill the ribs, turning occasionally, for 1 to 1.5 hours or until tender and cooked through. 
  • Brush the ribs with Memphis-Style BBQ Sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling. 


  • Total Calories: 520kcal 
  • Carbs: 20g 
  • Proteins: 45g 
  • Fats: 35g 


  • You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper in the rub depending on your desired spice level. 
  • If you don’t have a smoker, you can cook the ribs in the oven at 275°F (135°C) for 3-4 hours, or until tender. Wrap the ribs in foil during the last hour of cooking to help them stay moist. 
  • For a caramelized crust, you can brush the ribs with a thin layer of barbecue sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking. 


This recipe empowers you to become a Memphis-style rib master, regardless of your equipment. With clear instructions, alternative cooking methods, and valuable tips, you’ll be smoking (or oven-baking) fall-off-the-bone ribs that rival any restaurant in no time. So, fire up your grill, preheat your oven, and get ready to impress your loved ones with these delicious and authentic Memphis-style ribs. 


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