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Carolina Style Ribs

This week we invite the Carolina Panthers into Raymond James Stadium.   The Carolinas are known for their great barbeque.  While most of the areas barbeque is found in the form of pork shoulders and whole hogs, the rib is still abound in the area.  When I think of tailgate food, I always think of food with readymade handles.  Of course ribs come with a handy dandy bone for dining pleasure.  I invite you all to try your hands at this very good rib recipe.


  • 1-(2-3 lb)rack of pork spare ribs
  • Water soaked hickory logs or wood chips

Dry Rub

  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne powder

Carolina Style BBQ Sauce

  • ½ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dry oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon dry thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper


Wash ribs in cold water and pat dry.  Once ribs are dry, remove membrane from back of ribs.  Mix all dry rub ingredients together in a bowl.  Thoroughly coat the ribs with the dry rub.  After the ribs are coated, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 

For the Carolina Style BBQ sauce, mix the dry ingredients in a medium saucepan. Add enough vinegar to mix into all dry ingredients into a paste. Place the sauce pan on a burner over high heat, add remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil.  Make sure to constantly stir ingredients until boil is achieved.  Once you reach a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Put to the side or refrigerate until needed. 

The next day heat the smoker or indirect grill to 225 to 250 degrees F. Add soaked wood chips to the fire as needed to create the perfect smoking environment.  Place the ribs in the smoker.  Cook the ribs for about 2 hours or until they reach a temperature of 190 degrees.  Once ribs reach temperature remove them and double wrap them in aluminum foil.  Once you reach your tailgate spot, heat a grill for medium-high direct heat.  Remove the ribs from the foil and place on the grill. Using a basting brush, baste the ribs with the Carolina Style BBQ sauce.  Thoroughly coat both sides of ribs while grilling.  Grill each side for 3-4 minutes or until the sauce begins to caramelize.  Remove ribs from grill and allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Using a good knife carve the ribs into desired portions. 


*This recipe yields 4 servings.  Make sure you increase all amounts equally when tailgating with more friends.



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