Year Round BBQ Ribs and BBQ Beans Recipe

I had to jump at this one. In just a few days the entire river front of Memphis will change. I am from Memphis, the home of the tigers and the grizzles. That place where a con man conned the entire city into building a pyramid. To me, Memphis is home. I love Memphis especially this time of year.

If you grow up in Memphis you grow up in BBQ. Now if you ask anyone from Memphis, it is the home of more than just Elvis and most people in Memphis like Elvis and BBQ. My memories go back to a time when I was just 20 years old and working for a company called Schaffer sash and door. Mr. Schaffer and his sons knew how to treat their employees. They had BBQ catered in from what is the best BBQ in Memphis: Corky's BBQ.

Now I asked Mr. Barry Pelts for his recipe but he declined. That's fine though, they are a fantastic company and contribute to town of Memphis and St Jude children's hospital. What more can you ask. Keep in mind I get nothing for talking about this company. If you ever try them out you will not be disappointed! Anyways, I asked Mr. Pelts how much BBQ they sold a month all he could say is lots which didn't really surprise me. 

I like my ribs, whether beef or pork, muddy and not wet or dry. BBQ is not BBQ without beans and slaw so i'll include that in this post too. I also like pulled pork so I guess I have to give y'all all three of my favorite recipes!
Image of BBQ ribs and BBQ beans side by side with FireFoodChef logo in the middle

best crock pot pulled pork recipe

Before we get into the main BBQ ribs recipe I'd like to share my delicious pulled pork recipe. I'm a big fan of pulled pork and and this recipe is a favorite in my household. Try it out for yourself and see what you think.


  • 2 pound pork roast - either bone in or out. With the bone in you have to cut it away from the bone but its cheaper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cajun seasoning
  • 1 large chopped sweet onion
  • 4 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 4 cups water
  • Liquid smoke (optional)


Cut the pork roast into pieces. Melt butter in a skillet then add the roast and cook until brown. Remove and place in slow cooker, add cajun seasoning to the roast in the slow cooker.

In the same skillet add everything else, including liquid smoke if you decided to use it. Stir well taking care to get all remnants off the bottom of the skillet.

Pour into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until meat is falling off the bone or falling apart. Remove and shred. This recipe is excellent for a slow cooker.

Image of a plate of ribs with a side of fries and corn

Year Round BBQ Ribs Recipe

This recipe is now for the grill or smoker. When I smoke anything on the grill I have plenty of wet oak and other hard woods on hand like apple wood of lemon or orange. Either way, keep it soaking in water until you need it and use it very generously. I use the same recipe for pork or beef relying on the woods to add the rest of the flavor. All woods add different flavor, just try to stay away from pine and other ever greens. Try to stick with hard woods and fruit woods. Keep your grill around 300 degrees and cook the meat till it falls off the bone.

Remember, if you keep the wood wet then it lasts longer and smokes more. Its hard to control the temperature so I can't tell you that along with the exact cooking time, so just cook until it falls off the bone regardless if its pork or beef. 

When I do a BBQ I cook both pork and beef. I have heard that other people boil their ribs but I don't. I pull the backing off the ribs then rub in my seasoning on both sides and put them on the grill. On a side note, my smoker is on the side of my grill so that's why you'll see me mention the grill and not smoker sometimes.

The secret to good ribs is the BBQ sauce not the dry rub most dry rubs are the same just a slight variation of the same thing according to taste. Keep applying the BBQ sauce while cooking the ribs.

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  • 1 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons season all

BBQ sauce mix

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon of teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Now people seem to like white vinegar and you can substitute it also for apple cider vinegar. I just like the taste apple cider vinegar adds. But be careful of the impostor and read the label because nowadays they sell apple flavored vinegar which is not the same.

Image of BBQ beans in a skillet

BBQ Beans

Now to the last one: the beans. Beans, the musical fruit.  So here it is, BBQ beans and the best recipe I know and have tasted. BBQ beans are not beans without bacon, and I like bacon so I use a lot.


  • 5 strips of bacon cooked - not over cooked or black since it takes away from the taste
  • 1 sweet onion caramelized or sauteed until brown, again not burnt
  • 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard - I use tumeric and mustard seed but you can use mustard
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

Stir together in pot and heat till its ready and enjoy.

I hope y'all like my recipes happy BBQing!

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About the Author William Clay

William Clay is a BBQ enthusiast dedicated to sharing his grilling (and overall cooking) expertise with FireFoodChef's readers.