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Recipes for BBQ, Slow Cooking and Side Dishes

Neely's Wet Ribs

Recipe provided by: 
Patrick Neely of Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant


Neely's Wet BBQ Ribs
In Memphis, it's been a long-running debate. What's better, wet ribs or dry ribs?

Decide for yourself, here's the recipe for wet ribs from famous Memphis rib joint, Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant.


  32 ounces ketchup

  16 ounces water

  6 ounces brown sugar

  6 ounces white sugar

  1 Tablespoon black pepper

  1 Tablespoon onion powder

  1 Tablespoon ground mustard

  2 ounces Neely's Seasoning

  2 ounces lemon juice

  2 ounces Worcestershire

  8 ounces apple-cider vinegar

  2 ounces corn syrup

  3 to 4 pound Spare Rib


1. Combine sauce ingredients in a stockpot, cook at a high temperature and bring to a boil and stir to prevent sticking.

2. Lower temperature and simmer without cover for at lease 30 minutes.

3. Trim a 3 to 4 pound spare rib (remove the upper brisket bone and any other excess; this will produce a St. Louis style rib)

4. Rinse and season rib with Neely's seasoning, then refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

5. We recommend that ribs are cooked on an indirect barbecue pit to prevent burning. The ideal temperature is 250 degrees for the first three hours, and 300 degrees for the final three hours.

6. Load ribs curl side up, so the juices will maintain their moisture. After three hours, turn ribs and increase temperature. Baste ribs with Neely's barbecue sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking so sauce will not burn.

Neely's Seasoning


  4 ounces paprika

  2 ounces white sugar

  1 teaspoon onion powder


Simply mix the ingredients and set aside.

Recipe courtesy of Patrick Neely of Neely's Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Memphis, Tenn. 2002.