Celebrate Kickoff with Some KYVAN BBQ Ribs

It’s football season again and that means it’s time to break out your best tailgate and home party recipes to score big with your friends and family.

This delicious baby back rib recipe comes to us from the family of former NFL player Reggie Kelly.

These ribs are so mouth watering you will want to make some up all for yourself as a trial run, even before you have that football party. For your next barbecue, enjoy the Kelly Family’s recipe for Baby Back Ribs using their all natural KYVAN BBQ Rub and Sauce.

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KYVAN BBQ Baby Back Ribs 

  • 2 Slabs of baby back Ribs
  • Gallon of apple cider or apple juice
  • KYVAN Dry BBQ Rub
  • KYVAN Sweet BBQ Sauce

Directions: Clean ribs and remove the thin film on bottom of ribs.  Season  with desired amounts of BBQ rub and then place ribs in a deep aluminum pan. Pour apple cider over the ribs and let marinade overnight in refrigerator (covered).

Before cooking, remove from apple cider and slightly pat ribs dry. Add more rub if desired. Let ribs become room temperature and set grill to 250-275 degrees (charcoal grill is preferred).

Let ribs cook slowly for 2 hrs (don’t flip ribs) and then brush BBQ sauce on ribs and let cook another 30 minutes.

Remove from grill and enjoy!


Kelly played in the NFL for 13 years with the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. During his years in Atlanta, Reggie amassed 31 catches for 340 yards and two TDs in 2000, racked up 16 receptions for 142 yards in 2001, and helped his 2002 teammates amass an impressive rushing record of  260 yards (the most since 10-1-72) and four rushing TDs (the most since 10-21-73). Kelly was a part of the Falcons team that became the first franchise in NFL history to win a game at the famed Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers in 2003.

In 2003, Reggie traded his Falcon wings for a pair of Bengal claws signing with the Cincinnati team on March 13th as an unrestricted free agent. Although that first year he only played in 12 games due to a left foot injury, he had 11 starts, 13 receptions for 81 yards, and one TD – breaking a 14-14 tie with Cleveland with the final scoring play.

Reggie Kelly retired from the NFL in 2011 and is focusing his efforts on his family food line, KYVAN Foods. The company produces salsa, seasoning, and sauces to bring a taste of the south to the world. The company is named after his two children, Kyla and Kavan.


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