Rose Mary Mogan


This is the first recipes I have made from JAP. Having never eaten a dry rub rib, this is one WINNING AND GREAT RECIPE. Zelda's Dry Rub recipe is AWESOME. PERSONALLY OUR FAMILY LOVES GARLIC AND ONION POWDER ON OUR MEATS SO I DID ADD THOSE to my version. They are cooked low and slow, with the flavors permeating the entire house as they are cooking. My husband & I loved them immensely. This is certainly a great way to get that smoke flavor in your cooking during the winter months. It is and will be my favorite Dry Rub recipe for years to come. Try it and I am sure you will agree.


★★★★★ 2 votes

15 Min
4 Hr


Add to Grocery List

4 lb
baby pork back ribs
1 tsp
liquid smoke flavoring
1 Tbsp
1 1/2 tsp
packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp
finely grated orange zest
1 1/2 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
ground cumin (original recipe used 3/4 tsp)
1 tsp
black pepper (original used 1/2 tsp)
1/4 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp
garlic powder ( my addition)
1 1/2 tsp
onion powder(my addition)

How to Make Zelda Hopkins DRY RUB BABY BACK RIBS


  • 1Rub liquid smoke over rack of ribs.
  • 2Mix all spice ingredients into a small bowl & stir together to mix. Rub spice mixture evenly over the ribs. COVER AND REFRIGERATE RIBS FOR AT LEAST 4 HOURS. or up to 24 hours.
  • 3Preheat oven to 225 degrees F. Place the ribs in a roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil for 3 hours and 45 minutes, then remove foil and allow to continue cooking during last 15 minutes of baking time.
  • 4Remove from oven, cut into serving size pieces, and serve immediately. Note to my version I added 1 tablespoon of granulated garlic, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of granulated onion powder, but that was my personal preferance.
  • 5PLEASE NOTE:Personally I like to REMOVE the thin shiny membrane tissue on the underside of the rib first before seasoning, by placing the tip of the knife underneath the edge of the bone, and then grab with fingers to remove it, this allows the seasoning to penetrate the inside of the meat much better.

Printable Recipe Card

About Zelda Hopkins DRY RUB BABY BACK RIBS

Course/Dish: Pork, Ribs
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American

Show 13 Comments & Reviews

Pork Tenderloin, It's What's For Dinner Recipe

Pork Tenderloin, It's What's for Dinner

Kitchen Crew

Ever wander through the meat department at the grocery store and see a pork tenderloin on sale? Everyone knows you can throw pork chops in a bag, shake them around...

11 Recipes To Bring You Luck In The New Year

11 Recipes to Bring You Luck in the New Year

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Start the new year on the right foot by making one of these lucky recipes.