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Cooking Around the World Showcase - BBQ Ribs from the American Adventure


Red White and Blue, fireworks, grandstand bands, and BBQ! These are only a handful of the things that come to mind when I think of The American Adventure. BBQ food is usually associated with places like Texas, the Carolinas and Kansas City, MO, these locations all have their own very specific BBQ styles, but you may be surprised to find out that BBQ actually got its start in the original 13 Colonies!  

BBQ Ribs

The American Adventure
Regal Eagle Smokehouse

The American Adventure’s brand new sit-down restaurant, Regal Eagle Smokehouse, opened up at Epcot this past February, shortly before all of the parks closed down. This new eatery is full of savory, American, backyard barbecue and cold, craft beers. To celebrate the opening of the new restaurant, as well as the Fourth of July, my kids and I decided the perfect dish to make was BBQ Ribs!

I do not own a smoker nor do I own a large grill, so I found a fantastic recipe that allows the
ribs to be cooked right in the oven. It was surprisingly simple!

Serves 4-6

  • 2 racks pork ribs about 6 lbs
  • 1 jar barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 


  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees
  2. In a small bowl mix dry rub until combined and set aside
  3. Rinse pork ribs and pat dry with paper towels
  4. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs
  5. Spread the dry rub all over both sides of the ribs
  6. Wrap ribs tightly in foil meat side up, place on baking sheet
  7. Bake for 2 hours or until fork tender
  8. Open foil and drain the liquid from the ribs
  9. Brush your favorite barbecue sauce on the ribs
  10. Broil for 5 minutes
  11. Remove and let the ribs rest 5-10 minutes before cutting

This recipe called for the removal of the membrane on the bone side of the ribs.

You wouldn’t even know that membrane was there, but by removing it, the spice rub and sauce are able to soak further into the ribs, making them extra tender and delicious.

I found a quick tutorial on how to do this on Pinterest. It took a little maneuvering, but after a few tries, I was able to remove the membrane successfully.

After what felt like a very quick 2 hours in the oven at a low temperature, the ribs were done and everyone’s mouths were watering! My kids LOVED them (mainly because it made them feel like they were dinosaurs) and my husband gave it 5 stars (big pat on the back for me). 

This meal was as messy as it was delicious, but it will certainly be something we all cook again sooner rather than later!



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Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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