1 Tbsp per pound of Morton’s Tender Quick or Basic Dry Cure
1 – 2 tsp per pound of dark brown sugar, or sweetener of your choice (I used 1.5 tsp. per pound)
St. Louis style spareribs; or baby backs
Kansas City Style Rub
2 tablespoons paprika
2 tablespoons light brown sugar (I use dark brown)
1 tablespoon chili powder (use your favorite, if your chili powder is hot you may want to use 2 teaspoons)
*1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons granulated onions (or powdered)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
For the Cure
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. You can add more seasoning to your cure, but since I was going to use a rub, I wanted to keep this basic and just increase the sweetness.
For the Rub
In a small bowl combine the ingredients. Apply the rub into both sides of the meat and press in. You can smoke/ cook at this time, or wrap tightly in plastic wrap, place in a bowl, refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours.
*Note: I did not use salt in this rub for the cured ribs.
Apply about 2/3 of the cure to the meaty side of the ribs, and the remaining cure on the bone side. Place in sealable plastic bags. If the ribs are cut, they will fit in the gallon size bags. If uncut, you will need to use the 2 gallon size bag, and you may be able to fit two racks per the 2 gallon size.
Place in refrigerator meaty side down, bone side up. For spareribs cure 7 – 12 hours, for baby backs cure for about 4 – 6 hours.
During the curing time, you should notice some liquid forming. Halfway through the curing period, pick the bag up and rock it back and forth to redistribute the cure. Place it back in the refrigerator meaty side down, and continue to cure.
As for the curing time, spareribs vary in thickness, so use the higher times for thicker spareribs. Or you can use the higher times for a more bacon flavor. But the longer you cure the saltier it will be. I suggest starting with the lower times, and after you make your first batch you can adjust from there. The spareribs I had were pretty thin, so 7 hours was about right.
When the curing time is over, remove from bag and thoroughly rinse off the cure, and pat dry with paper towels.
OPTIONAL: Rinse out any cure that is in the bag, and place ribs back into the bag. Return to refrigerator and allow to rest for 12 – 24 hours. This allows the curing process to continue, and gives the cure time to evenly distribute throughout the meat.
Use your favorite way of smoking/cooking ribs. I just bring the meat to room temperature, smoke/cook at 210 F (98.9C) using 1:20 – 1:40 hours of Pecan smoke. I rarely spritz.