Nutty Ribs

Nutty Ribs! You gotta love them! They come with a crunchy nutted crust inspired on Hemsley and Hemsley's "Pablo Chicken". Smoke the Nutty Ribs on your BBQ and you'll have a lovely stack of ribs to serve at your next party! What would you drink with it?

Course Aperitif, Main Course, Snack
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author BBQ Bastard


  • 2 slabs babyback ribs
  • 2 eggs
  • 120 gr ground almonds
  • 120 gr ground sunflower seeds
  • 1 tsp liquid coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Rub (or pick your favorite one)

  • 4 tsp hot smoked paprika powder or regular paprika powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp dried thyme
  • 1.5 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp lemon zest optional


  1. Prepare your BBQ for smoking at medium heat 150°C-180°C (300-350°F). Opt for indirect cooking. When using a gas grill you use the outer burners at medium heat.

  2. Put a chunk of apple wood in the charcoal tray and wait until it starts burning. 

  3. Meanwhile mix the sunflower seeds and almonds. Use a blender for this. When the nuts and seeds are mixed, add the rub ingredients and mix thoroughly by hand so you can break up possible clumps. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. 

  4. Dip the ribs in the beaten eggs one at a time. Sprinkle the spiced nuts over the ribs.

  5. Once the smoke in your BBQ turns blue and you got a stable temperature you can add the ribs to the indirect cooking zone for 1h15 min. Gently sprinkle some hot coconut oil on top of the ribs. Be carefull in this stage. I was a bit sloppy and ruined the crust from the beginning... Better luck next time :p

  6. After 75 minutes heat the grill and colour your crust on the direct heat zone of your grill until you have nice light brown crusted ribs. 

  7. Cut the ribs in pieces and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce and beer. 

Have fun preparing and enjoy eating!