Save yourself a plane ride! This recipe for Kansas City BBQ Ribs brings the delicious flavors of KC right into your home. This meaty dish is packed with flavors like paprika, chili, garlic, barbecue, and honey for ribs like you’ve never had before. Once you try these tender Kansas City BBQ Ribs, you’ll never want to eat ribs any other way!

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  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 6 pounds pork back ribs
  • 3/4 cup barbeque sauce of choice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar


Step 1 –Grind the salt and fennel seed together in a blender or coffee grinder.

Step 2 –Stir the fennel-salt mixture, sugar, paprika, chili powder, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder together in a bowl.

Step 3 –Cutting between rib bones, cut up each slab of ribs into 3 pieces. Each piece should have about 5 ribs in it.

Step 4 –Use paper towels to pat the ribs dry.

Step 5 –Using your hands, rub the spice mixture over the ribs until each piece is well coated.

Step 6 –Place the rib pieces on a plate or baking dish and cover them with plastic wrap. Let the ribs marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours overnight.

Step 7 –Remove the ribs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

Step 8 –Begin heating the grill to between 270 degrees F and 300 degrees F and prepare it for indirect grilling. Lightly oil the grate.

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Step 9 –Place the ribs on the preheated grill and close the cover. Cook, turning once, until they are no longer pink in the center, about 1 1/2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Step 10 –In a small pan, mix together the barbeque sauce, honey, and cider vinegar.

Step 11 –Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thickened. Stir occasionally and do not let the sauce burn or get too thick.

Step 12 –After the ribs have cooked for 1 1/2 hours, brush the sauce on the side of the ribs facing up until they are well glazed.

Step 13 –Continue cooking the ribs for an additional 15 minutes.

Step 14 –Flip the ribs over and brush sauce on the other side of the ribs. Cook for about another 15 minutes more or until the ribs are tender when pierced with a fork.

Step 15 –Remove the ribs from the grill and let them stand for 10 minutes.

Step 16 –Serve with extra sauce and enjoy!