St. Louis Style BBQ is kind of like the middle child of rib styles and gets lost between its more famous big brother Kansas City barbeque and its adorable little brother Memphis barbeque. Adding to the confusion is that St. Louis ribs don’t just describe a style of BBQ but a cut of ribs as well.
So first understand the rib cuts. You have Baby Back Ribs and St. Louis Style Ribs. Baby Back Ribs are from the top of the rib cage between the spine and the spare ribs just below the loin muscle. St. Louis style ribs are cut from spare ribs and then the cartilage, sternum bone and rip tips are removed leaving an almost rectangular shape of ribs.
Ingredients: Brown sugar, paprika, celery salt, garlic salt, hickory salt, onion powder, ancho chiles, red pepper flakes, fennel seed, and black pepper