5 Ingredient Dry Rub For Smithfield Ribs

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Summer is officially here which means that our family is officially grilling outdoors more often than not. One vivid memory I have from my childhood is my dad grilling dinner on the grill all year round. Whether it was the heat of summer, or there was three feet of snow in Upstate, NY, my dad would find a way to grill. 

While my infinity with grilling isn't enough to get me out there in the dead of winter, it is something that I do enjoy during the warm summer months. Ribs have been a favorite meal in our family for ages, and when we're shopping for Smithfield® Ribs, we always head into our local Walmart since they have the best selection. 

There are two methods to cooking ribs. You can be #TeamFast or #TeamSlow. I've always been on #TeamSlow for almost any cut of meat, but especially when using Smithfield® Extra Tender Fresh Pork St Louis Style Ribs. Smithfield Extra Tender Fresh Pork is more tender and juicy, so no matter the level of experience consumers have in the kitchen or at the grill, their pork ribs are sure to impress. I also love that they're hand trimmed and contain zero added hormones or steroids. 

I opt for cooking my ribs slow because I remember watching an episode of The Pioneer Woman a few years ago where she was cooking a roast and mentioned that if your meat isn't falling apart easily, you need to cook it longer, and good things can't be rushed. I totally took that to heart and since then have always cooked my ribs and roast on low-slow heat, and have had success ever since. 

When cooking these ribs, I love to rub them on both sides with this amazing five ingredient dry rub. It comes together with just a few ingredients you already have on hand in your pantry. Then you simply wrap your ribs in foil, cook them on low on the grill for two and a half hours, and then your fall off the bone ribs are ready to eat in no time. You can either leave them with the dry rub, or add some of your favorite BBQ sauce and warm under a broiler for a few more minutes. Either way, these ribs turn out amazing every time. 

In 2019, Smithfield® will feature recipes and tips from Award-Winning Pitmaster Tuffy Stone #TeamSlow and Smithfield® No. 10 race car driver Aric Almirola #TeamFast as they compete to show how easy and versatile fresh pork can be on the grill. You can learn if you're #TeamFast or #TeamSlow by checking out Walmart's sweepstakes and be entered to win a $500 Walmart Gift Card and other great prizes!

¼ cup sweet paprika
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder

Mix the above ingredients together and seal in an airtight jar until you're ready to use. When preparing your ribs, coat both sides of your meat liberally with the dry rub, wrap in foil, and grill on low heat (300ยบ), for 2 1/2 hours. When ready to serve, remove from the grill, top with your favorite sauce, and enjoy!

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