Shane and I actually watched an episode of Dave Lieberman together and saw him make these dry rub ribs. Shane immediately asked me to make them at our house. Last night, I had the perfect opportunity to do that. Every year around this time Shane and his friends get together and everyone brings a different meat concoction. Sometimes they’re “normal” meats like ribs and other times they’re very unique (for example, in year’s past, meat ice cream has been made and this year there was chocolate covered bacon).

Anyway, I figured I would try making the ribs for this year’s gathering. Everyone raved about these ribs, including Shane! They were super simple to make though since they take over 2 hours to cook, they’re not a quick meal. I prefer sweeter flavors versus spicy flavors and even I liked these. I only cooked mine for 2 hours as other people were waiting to use the oven, but I think they would have been even better had I left them in for another 30 minutes.

Dry Rub Ribs
from Dave Lieberman, FoodNetwork.com

2 pounds baby back ribs

For the rub:

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
25 grinds fresh black pepper
3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Preheat over to 300 degrees F. Mix the rub ingredients together well in a small bowl.

Remove the membrane from the bone side of the ribs, then rub the vegetable oil onto the ribs. Pour the rub over the ribs and work the rub fully and evenly into the ribs. Spread the ribs out evenly on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Bake until tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.