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   BBQ Ribs 
   Submitted by:  Sara's Secrets/Me


  Difficulty: Medium
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Yield: 5-6 servings
User Rating: 5 Stars

" I have been scrambling to find the perfect BBQ sauce and rub, well look no further!  This is by far the best ribs you will ever have.  I'm putting the original recipe here, but I've altered it by cooking the ribs in the oven for 2 hours in foil (at 325).   I put the ribs on the grill for about 30 minutes THEN put BBQ sauce on one side, wait 2 minutes and take them off and put sauce on other side. The ribs just fall off the bone.  If you need add'l info email me "
  • 4 Racks Baby Back Ribs
  • Soaked Wood Chips (if desired)


2 tablespoons smoky paprika
2 tablespoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 teaspoon oregano, crushed

Directions for rub:

Combine paprika, salt, sugar, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder, pepper, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt and oregano in bowl; mix well. For a smoother rub, puree ingredients in a spice grinder until well combined and all pieces are uniform (the rub will be very fine and tan in color). This step is important if adding to any homemade barbecue sauce.

Extra rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yield: about 1 cup

BBQ Sauce

Sassy Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce:
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 cup bourbon
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup American-style chile sauce
1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Classic BBQ Rub, see recipe
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large saucepan on the stove, add tomatoes, sugar, molasses, bourbon, ketchup, chile sauce, vinegars, and Worcestershire sauce, stirring after each additional ingredient to combine. Add the classic spice rub and simmer until the flavors have blended and the sauce has thickened somewhat, about 30 minutes.

Let the sauce cool for about 10 minutes or until it is warm but no longer "boiling" hot. Puree using an immersion or traditional blender. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, about 1/2 teaspoon, and freshly ground pepper. Remember, the ribs will have plenty of spice rub on them, so don't over-season the sauce. Add the cocoa powder and mix well to combine. Let sit 5 minutes and stir again to make sure cocoa powder is well distributed. Let cool and pour into a clean glass jar for storing. The sauce can be made in advance and kept for 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Yield: 4 cups

Build charcoal fire or preheat gas grill. Remove silver skin from back of ribs, if desired. Set up the grill for indirect heat and if using wood chips, place soaked chips directly on charcoal, or in smoking box of gas grill. Rub the cut lemons over front and back of ribs squeezing to release as much juice as possible. Set aside for 5 minutes. Rub ribs liberally with spice rub and let sit, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes.

Place ribs (bone side down) in the center of the cooking grate or in a rib holder/rack over direct medium Low heat, making sure they are not over a direct flame. Grill covered (at about 325 degrees F, if your grill has a thermometer) for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and has pulled back from the ends of the rib bones.

Do not open the grill for the first 30 minutes—this means no peeking; especially important if using wood chips. If the ribs start to burn on the edges, stack them on top of one another in the very center of the grill and lower your fire slightly. Twenty minutes before serving, un-stack ribs, if necessary and brush with barbecue sauce. Remove ribs from grill and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into individual or 2 to 3 rib portions. Warm remaining sauce in a saucepan and serve on the side, if desired.

Makes 5-6 servings