BBQ Ribs and Dry Spice Rub (Big John’s Copycat) Recipe

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Katherine Modified: September 23, 2021
BBQ Ribs and Dry Spice Rub (Big John’s Copycat) Recipe

How To Make BBQ Ribs and Dry Spice Rub (Big John’s Copycat)

Savor a finger-licking dinner with these Big John’s-inspired BBQ ribs. The meat is rubbed with chile and spices, grilled, then brushed with a savory sauce.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 3 hours
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total: 7 hours 20 minutes



  • 1cupchili powder
  • 1tbspdried garlic,minced
  • 1tsponion powder
  • ½tspground cumin
  • tspsalt
  • 2tbspseasoning salt
  • 2lbsrib roast
  • 4cupstomato sauce,canned
  • ¼cupbrown sugar,packed
  • ½cupfresh tomato,chopped
  • ¼tbspWorcestershire sauce
  • 2tbspdried onion flakes
  • ¼cupsoy sauce
  • ¼cupwater


  1. In a small bowl or jar, mix together the chile powder, dried minced garlic, onion powder, cumin, salt, and seasoning salt.

  2. Place rib roast on a medium baking sheet. Rub vigorously with ½ of the chile powder mixture.

  3. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.

  4. In a medium saucepan, mix together ½ of the chile powder mixture, tomato sauce, brown sugar, tomato, Worcestershire sauce, dried onion flakes, soy sauce, and water.

  5. Cook for 3 to 5 hours, stirring occasionally, over low heat.

  6. Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat. Lightly oil grate.

  7. Cook ribs covered on the prepared grill for 3 to 5 hours, or to desired doneness. Brush with the sauce mixture from the medium saucepan during the last minutes of cooking.

  8. Serve with the sauce mixture. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 934.59kcal
  • Fat: 68.86g
  • Saturated Fat: 27.02g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 28.46g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.22g
  • Carbohydrates: 41.28g
  • Fiber: 15.41g
  • Sugar: 20.75g
  • Protein: 46.08g
  • Cholesterol: 161.03mg
  • Sodium: 3092.57mg
  • Calcium: 186.28mg
  • Potassium: 2117.64mg
  • Iron: 12.44mg
  • Vitamin A: 536.50µg
  • Vitamin C: 21.26mg
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