Memorial Day Ribs 2024

Once again I didn’t think about ribs until the weekend before Memorial day. I still haven’t lit the grill.

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  • 2 slabs (~6 lbs) of baby back ribs
  • Hot dogs (backup)


This year I went back to a variation of Meathead’s Memphis Dust Rub Recipe and a dry brine 1 hour before.

  • Dry brine: 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of meat (50% weight on the package). Apply at least 1 hour before cooking.
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4-5 tablespoons paprika
  • 3-4 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons cumin powder


Potato salad

  • gold potatoes
  • hard boiled eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • sweet pickle relish
  • dill pickle relish
  • yellow mustard
  • onion
  • salt & pepper
  • paprika (for garnish)
  • dill (to taste)



First, remove the membrane that covers the rib bones. Then sprinkle the dry brine kosher salt on both sides. Then wrap in foil and put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Now is a good time to make the rub if you make your own.

Start the cook with a preheated oven of 250°F (121°C). While the oven heats up, sprinkle both sides of the ribs with your rub. When the oven is at temperature, place ribs, bones down, uncovered, on a baking pan, and bake for 2 hours.

Next, take the ribs out, wrap them with heavy duty aluminum foil, place them back on the pan, and bake them for another 2 hours.

Finally, take the ribs out, uncover them, paint them with your favorite barbeque sauce. Place them back on the pan, uncovered, and bake them for another 30 minutes or so. Check for doneness. If they aren’t tender enough you could try covering them again and baking another 30 minutes. They should have an internal temperature of 190°-205°F (88°-96°C).


Potato salad

Peel and wash potatoes. Chop them into 1/2 inch cubes. Boil them until fork tender.

When the potatoes are done cooking, drain them, and mix in the hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, dill pickle relish, mustard, onion, salt & pepper.

Sprinkle some paprika on top to garnish.

Corn on the cob

Boil & butter 4 preshucked cobs.

Bannana pudding

Mix 2 bananas with 3.4 oz pudding mix.


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