Fennel-Pepper Back Ribs

This simple Scandinavian-inspired rub enhances the succulent flavor of pork back ribs, and eschews the addition of a sauce. Serve with Dilled Cucumber Salad, potato salad and rye bread.

Fennel-Pepper Back Ribs


  • 1 slab pork back ribs, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In blender container or spice grinder, blend together well the pepper, fennel, sage and salt.
  2. Rub about 2 tablespoons rub, or to taste, over all surfaces of ribs.
  3. Store any remaining rub in tightly covered jar.
  4. Prepare banked fire in covered kettle-style grill.
  5. Grill ribs over indirect heat, turning a couple of times, for about 2 hours, until meat is very tender.

Prep: 10 min | Cook: 2 hr | Servings: 2

Nutritional Information: Calories: 708 calories Protein: 46 grams Fat: 54 grams Sodium: 1350 milligrams Cholesterol: 214 milligrams Saturated Fat: 20 grams Carbohydrates: 7 grams Fiber: 3 grams

Recipe and photo used with permission from: National Pork Board