This recipe was amazingly easy to accomplish, and the whole house smelled absolutely amazing and sweet! Learn how to make tender and juicy sweet BBQ ribs on the grill.
The baby would scream at me for more and the other 2 ate about 1/2 a rack each. These ribs literally melted in your mouth. The sauce was sweet and if you like adding a little spicy, you can add a few finely chopped jalapeno peppers to your sauce, it will give it that extra punch.
You can easily prepare the ribs in advance: you can rub them with the spice rub, wrap them in foil and put them in the refrigerator for a few hours, even a few days. Just make sure to let them sit on the counter for about 20-30 minutes so they reach room temperature before putting them in the oven to cook.
I prefer cooking them in the oven to boiling them, but if you want to boil instead of precooking them in the oven, I suggest you cover the ribs with water, add garlic spice, paprika, salt, and pepper, boil them for about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Then you can put them in the oven or on the grill for another 45 minutes or so until the meat has reached 160 degrees F. I personally find the ribs a little less flavorful when you boil them first. but they are quite good either way.
- Rib Rub
- For the ribs:
- 1½ tablespoons Sea salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 full racks baby back pork ribs (2.7 kg)
- BBQ Sauce:
- 1½ cups ketchup
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 325°F
- Mix ingredients except for the ribs in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Cut 4 pieces of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap your ribs.
- Cut your ribs in half and place the 2 pieces side by side on a sheet of foil.
- Coat both sides of the ribs with the spice rub.
- Wrap ribs to create 2 completely enclosed packets and place on cookie tray.
- Place the ribs in the oven and roast 2 hours.
- —– Making the sauce
- Put ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Whisk occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, the flavors will blend and the sauce has reduced slightly.
- Remove from the heat.
- ——- On the Grill
- Heat a gas or charcoal grill to 400°F
- Remove the ribs from the foil, place them meaty-side up on the grill, and brush them with your homemade BBQ sauce.
- Close the grill cover for about 5-8 minutes and then flip your ribs. Brush some more sauce and close the cover again and let cook for another 5-8 minutes. Continue flipping until the ribs are completely heated through and started to crisp. about 4 flips in total are plenty.
- Transfer the ribs to a cutting board and cut the racks between the bones. Transfer the remaining barbecue sauce to a serving bowl and serve with the ribs.