Monday, June 15, 2009

Grilled Spare Ribs with Barbecue Sauce

I ate these delicious ribs when Christie prepared them during my visit in Pennsylvania in '08. I thought I'd better post them so I can access them when I'm in Oregon and maybe put on a feast for the family up there this summer. There is NO DOUBT you will love these. There is a choice of barbecue sauces you can make in this recipe or just use your favorite recipe or a bottle of sauce.

Grilled Spare Ribs with Barbecue Sauce
Prep: 20 minutes Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Wrapped in foil, the spiced ribs oven-cook in intense heat; the foil locks in their moisture for supremely tender results. On with the sauce and over to the grill, and they're ready.The base of our three sauces is made with ketchup, vinegar, onion, garlic, and cayenne. Add one of the variations for a sweet, spicy, or smoky sauce.

Ingredients: Serves 6.
2 slabs pork spare ribs (2 1/2 pounds each)
2 tablespoons chili powder
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 small onion, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Desired variations (Kansas City style: 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar, 2 tablespoons molasses, and 1 tablespoon yellow mustard; Memphis style: 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco) and 1/4 cup sugar; Dallas style: 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle in adobo sauce and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin)
Oil, for grates

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season ribs with chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stack slabs on a double layer of aluminum foil; wrap tightly. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook until meat is fork-tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Meanwhile, make barbecue sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, cayenne, and desired variation (see ingredients above). Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thick, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Heat grill to medium-high; lightly oil grates. Carefully remove ribs from foil, pouring off any accumulated liquid. Brush ribs generously with sauce; grill until charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with extra sauce, if desired.


Trevlyn said...

Yum!!! Thanks!

go boo boo said...

that sounds so good. andy will looooove it!