If you enjoy the spicy-hot flavor of black pepper, you'll love this peppercorn pork ribs recipe. The aroma from the smoker as these slowly cook really can test your patience!
Cracked Black Pepper and Pork
The pork spare rib slab is coated with a black pepper based seasoning mix and refrigerated overnight before hitting the smoker. For those of you who really love the pepper flavor and heat, follow the pepper rub recipe as directed. If you prefer just a hint of black pepper flavor, add less pepper to the mix as you combine the ingredients.
Black Pepper Rib Rub Recipe
Black Pepper Rib Rub RecipeStart out with...you guessed it...Black pepper! Combine one tablespoon of coarsly cracked black pepper, one tablespoon of coarse-ground black pepper, and one tablespoon of finely ground black pepper. (Trust me on this, OK?) To this, add two tablespoons of brown sugar*, two teaspoons of onion powder, one and one-half teaspoons of salt , and one-half teaspoon of garlic powder. Mix thoroughly.
* Dry the brown sugar before adding it to the black pepper rub. Set a plate of sugar on the counter top (covered with a paper towel) to dry for a couple of days before using it in dry rub recipes.
One of my favorite barbecue sauce recipes, this
Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce goes along great with peppercorn pork ribs. Give it a try if you want...it's easy to make. And keep plenty of cold drinks on hand, just in case the heat of the pepper gets the best of you!