Barbecue Sauces and Rubs

  • Here are some recipes for you to try from emeritus faculty member Chef Albert Wutsch.

    Barbecue Baby Back Pork Ribs

    2 racks of pork ribs (5-6 pounds)


    (dry mix of herbs and spices, used to enhance flavor):
    1 tbsp cracked black pepper
    1 tbsp kosher salt
    1 tbsp chili powder
    1 tsp garlic powder
    ¼ cup paprika
    1 tbsp cumin
    2 tbsp brown sugar

    Chef Wutsch Barbecue


    (used to marinate food as it is being cooked):
    1 cup apple cider vinegar
    ¼ cup honey
    1 tbsp Tabasco sauce
    ¼ cup ketchup


    Prepare rub by mixing all ingredients, rub on ribs and cure in large zip lock bag for 24 hours.
    If using charcoal, pile on one side of grill only. Brown ribs on high heat (directly over coals or flame) and move to indirect heat (next to, not over, flame or coals) and cook for approximately 2 hours.
    Baste with mop after the first 1 ½ hours of cooking. Serve with caramelized red onions and baked potatoes with chive sour cream.


    Any store-bought spice blends for the rub.
    Any store-bought barbecue sauce for the mop.

    Try these homemade sauces, too:

    Quick Barbeque Sauce

    Yield 1 ½ cups
    ½ cup ketchup
    ½ cup orange marmalade
    ¼ cup honey
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

    Combine all ingredients and bring to boil.

    White Barbeque Sauce

    Yield 1 pint
    1 cup mayonnaise
    ¼ cup sour cream
    ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 tbsp chicken concentrate (base)2 tbsp lemon juice
    1 tbsp honey
    1 tsp horseradish
    Salt and white pepper
    Tabasco to taste

    Blend all ingredients and use as a baste.

    Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

    ¼ cup chopped onion
    2 tbsp vegetable oil
    2 cups ketchup
    ½ cup honey
    ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 tbsp horseradish
    ½ tsp liquid smoke
    1 tsp white vinegar
    ¼ tsp garlic powder
    ¼ tsp ground black pepper
    1 tsp poultry seasoning
    Tabasco to taste

    Combine dry ingredients. Saute onion in oil, add remaining ingredients and add dry ingredients. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes. Great on turkey.

    Vinegar Barbecue Sauce

    1 cup cider vinegar
    ¼ cup sugar
    1 ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    Combine ingredients and use as mop.