BBQ Ribs Recipe for Super Bowl Party

Ah, it’s that time of the year where the crazed football fans get together and party like animals before the game. Everyone knows Super Bowl parties feature some good food and drinks, so I will be sharing with you how to make the best BBQ ribs ever. I love this recipe from the show Down Home with the Neely’s.  Of course you may want to double or triple depending on the number of football fans joining your party. This recipe serves 4 but you need to start the night before.


32 ounces ketchup

16 ounces water

6 ounces brown sugar

1 T freshly ground black pepper

1 T onion powder

1 T dry mustard powder

2 ounces lemon juice

2 ounces Worcestershire sauce

8 ounces apple cider vinegar

2 ounces light corn syrup

3-4 lbs spare ribs

2 ounces Neely’s Seasoning Mix, recipe follows


Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a stockpot or large Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Reduce temperature to low and simmer, uncovered, for at least 30 minutes. Meanwhile, trim the spare ribs, removing the upper brisket bone and any excess fat; this will produce a St. Louis-style rib. Rinse the ribs and season with Neely’s Seasoning, and then cover and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

Indirect cooking in a barbecue pit is recommended to prevent burning. Cook at 250 degrees F (curled side of ribs facing up) for the first 3 hours, and then increase the temperature to 300 degrees F for the final 3 hours. Baste the ribs only during the last 30 minutes of cooking to prevent sauce from burning.

Neely’s Seasoning Mix:

  • 4 ounces paprika
  • 2 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

So, who are we planning on cheering for this Sunday?  New England Patriots of course!

From all of us here at Penny Hanley & Howley, whether you’ll be cheering for the Pats or Giants, stay safe and have fun this Sunday.

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