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Smollett Siblings' Fall-off-the-Bone Slow-Smoked Ribs
Smollett Siblings Smoked Ribs
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When I was growing up, my mom would make baby back ribs so tender that the bone would fall right out. Slow-cooking ribs on the grill to get that perfect dry-rubbed crust on the outside and tender juicy meat on the inside is a true art form.


    • 1/2 tablespoon granulated garlic
    • 1/2 tablespoon minced dried onion
    • 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons paprika
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 rack baby back pork ribs (13 to 16 ribs)


1. In a small bowl, mix together all the seasonings.

2. Lay the rack of ribs on a large baking sheet and coat the whole surface with the dry rub, patting it in to cover thoroughly.

3. Preheat a grill to low heat. Place the ribs on the grill away from the heat source, and close the lid. Cook the ribs for about 2 hours, or until perfectly tender. Check on the meat every once in a while, but mostly just patience is required.

Reprinted with permission from "The Family Table: Recipes and Moments from a Nomadic Life" by Jazz, Jurnee, Jake and Jussie Smollett (William Morrow Cookbooks, April, 2018)