Monday, July 4, 2011

The Best Ribs I've Ever Made!


 Several years ago I found a recipe for ribs that beat every other hands down!  Whenever we are grilling on holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day) it is usually on the menu.  This year when I asked everyone what they wanted for our 4th of July meal Luke immediately said, "RIBS!"    Here is the recipe.


  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons each salt, pepper, chili powder and ground cumin

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Rub ribs with garlic; place in a shallow roasting pan. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours. Cool slightly. Combine the seasonings and rub over ribs. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside 3/4 cup. Brush ribs with some of the remaining sauce.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 12 minutes, turning and basting with sauce. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 4 servings.


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