Cooking with Sugar: Summertime ☀️

Michael Sugarman
July 22nd, 2022

Slow-Cooked Ribs 🍴

Fellow foodiephiles! Summer is here and like everyone else, foodies’ thoughts turn towards enjoying the weather outside.

For this edition of Cooking with Sugar, our quarterly live cooking segment that features S1 foodies and their recipes, we’re changing the name to “grilling” with Sugar as System1 Data Engineer Spencer Lanman shows us how to slow cook ribs.

Things you’ll need

  • Grill/smoker
  • Charcoal/wood chips (apple is good)
  • Charcoal chimney
  • Fire starter (oil & paper)


  • Pork Back Ribs (Baby back ribs)
  • Dipping sauce (BBQ Sauce)
  • Dry Rub:
    Salt (~20% of total volume of rub)
    Brown Sugar (~40%)
    Use whatever dry seasoning you want or have for the other ~40%:
    Black Pepper
    Garlic Powder

Cook time: 4 hours

What to do:

  • Remove membrane from ribs
  • Season ribs with rub as early as possible: the night before is most ideal
  • Fire up grill w/ charcoal chimney — keep charcoal/wood chips on one side of grill
  • Place ribs on the opposite side of the grill from the charcoal (indirect heat)
  • Keep grill temperature at ~300˚ for 3-4 hours
  • Ribs ready when internal temperature reaches ~210˚ or when falling off bone 😋

Bon appétit!

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Born, raised and partially educated in the Lone Star state, Michael "BigSug" Sugarman came to California via Atlanta where he earned his M.A. in Literature. A true renaissance man, this powerful combination of brains and brawn can currently be found either generating sick beats on a drum kit, or generating engaging content for System1.

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