Barbecue Ribs

Barbecue Ribs

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"This recipe is easier than it sounds. I usually cook the ribs the day before and grill them for a quick dinner the next night. FYI: the sauce is much better after it is cooked. It is not a dipping sauce."

Ingredients 3 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 504 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 504 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 30.2 g
  • 46%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.1g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 29.9 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Sodium:
  • 715 mg
  • 29%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut spareribs into serving size portions, wrap in double thickness of foil, and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Unwrap, and drain drippings. (I usually freeze the drippings to use later in soups.) Place ribs in a large roasting pan.
  2. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, rum, chile sauce, garlic, mustard, and pepper. Coat ribs with sauce and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour, or refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat. Position grate four inches above heat source.
  4. Brush grill grate with oil. Place ribs on grill, and cook for 30 minutes, basting with marinade.
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  • You can also bake the ribs for 30 minutes for the final step, basting with sauce while cooking.
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  1. 897 Ratings

John Gawecki

I cut my frozen rack of ribs in half and threw it in a huge pot of water, brought it to a boil and let it boil for one hour exactly. I made the BBQ sauce without changing one ingredient. I used Bacardi rum and two teaspoons of minced garlic (I'm too lazy to crush cloves). When the ribs were done I put them in a big Zip-lock bag and poared all the BBQ sauce over it and put it in the refrigerator over night. I took the ribs out of the BBQ marinate and grilled them. I poared the left over marinate in small pan and simmered it while the ribs were cooking. When I served the ribs I covered them with the steaming hot BBQ marinate. My wife did not stop raving about how they were the best ribs she had ever eaten. Better then any restaurant! They are sweat so my two, very finicky daughters loved them too. This recipe is a keeper and will be in our family rotation from now on.

bitch'n kitchen

Some reviews said the ribs were tough so to experiment I boiled half of the ribs and baked the other half. Both were tender but the boiled more so. I had 8 people for dinner and it was unanimous they are much better boiled than baked. Much more tender and did not lose flavor. The sauce is absolutely amazing!!


OH MY!!!! Excellent recipe!!!........I wanted to point out that CHILE sauce is MUCH different than CHILI sauce. For those who comment that this is too sweet, I am guessing you bought CHILI sauce. The correct sauce to use is CHILEEEEEE (remember the "E"). You will find it in the "Mexican Food" area of your grocery store. I was able to choose from mild or hot. I chose "mild" because my kids and their taste.......I followed the recipe exactly for the sauce except I doubled it! It is perfectly sweet/salty/spicy, better than my other homemade BBQ sauce by FAR!.......I boiled the ribs from frozen for an hour. I poured liquid smoke, kosher salt and favorite spices in the boil water to give the meat an infused flavor.......After the boil, I removed ribs from water and saturated them with the sauce to marinate for a few hours.......Then, I baked for an hour at 350 degrees finishing with 5 minutes under the broiler. UNBELIEVABLY TENDER! Thank you for such an amazing recipe!