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

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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