There is something about the taste combination of sweet and spicy that I really enjoy. From potato chip flavors, to grilled meat, even to alcohol, the that sweet-spicy combination is very inviting. Particularly on a rack of ribs, that flavor is insanely tasty. Below I have these tender pork ribs that have been dry rubbed with homemade sweet and spicy rub, I even made some potato wedges and used the same seasoning to accompany the ribs. There is no sauce on these ribs and they are still tenderly juicy. Try yours today!

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Serves: 4


3 to 3 ½ pounds of pork spareribs

½ cup of brown sugar

2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper

1 tbsp red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne

Olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  • In a metal bowl, mix all the spices together

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  • Drizzle olive oil over the ribs and sprinkle the rub. Using your hands, evenly coat the ribs with the rub on both sides
  • Place the ribs on a metal baking sheet and place on the lower rack of the oven.

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  • Keep an any on the ribs. About half an hour of cooking, flip the ribs and cover with aluminum foil, and move onto the middle rack. If you also see the brown sugar darkening, you can flip the ribs then as well. Continue cooking for the remaining time
  • Once finished, let ribs rest, and serve with your favorite side
  • Enjoy!

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For the Potatoes

  • Peel and clean about 5 or 6 large Russet potatoes and let them soak in hot water for about 10 minutes
  • Dry them off and cut them in wedges
  • Place them on a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil over them. Sprinkle some of the dry rub on them
  • Place in the over for the last 30-35 minutes of the ribs baking or until the potatoes become fork tender
  • Serve with the ribs

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