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Barbecue Sauce for "Detroit-Style" Spareribs Recipe

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Jean Murphy


1 med. onion
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water

Mix together and simmer 15 minutes.

Marinate spareribs at least four hours. Dad always used country-style ribs because he said they were meatier.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
The year is 1957. Martin Luther King Jr. is trying to organize a bus boycott in Birmingham. Jimmy Hoffa is President of Teamsters Local 299, just up the street from the large Goodyear store in Downtown Detroit that thirty-one year old Matt Murphy is sent to try to make profitable.

Into the front office walks Jersey Brown who shares with Big Matt his recipe for Detroit-style spareribs. The rest is Murphy family history.

Fourteen years later (1971), ten-year old Barbara Murphy sets a modern family record by eating forty spareribs over a two-day period.




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