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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ribs with Honey Maple BBQ Sauce

May marks National BBQ Month and one of my daughter's favorite meals is barbecued ribs. I generally only make them during the warmer months, but they were on sale recently so I picked some up. I'm not a big fan of dry rubs, nor do I like my food to have a smokey flavor, so you won't see any flavored plank cooking here, sorry. Years ago, I started making my ribs this way by simmering them first, then cooking them and I have to say, you'll never cook ribs another way again. They are ALWAYS tender and fall off the bone when preparing them like this first. Half of the time, I even just throw them in the oven instead of grilling them so it doesn't make a sticky mess on the grates, but no matter what your preference, they still taste incredible! This is also the best way to make them if your cooking for a crowd as you can make them the day before, then just reheat with your sauce when you're ready to eat. 

I decided to make a sweet bbq sauce this time and it was finger licking good, just like a bbq sauce should be! 

Ribs with Honey Maple BBQ Sauce
2 Full Racks Pork Ribs
Prepared Honey Maple BBQ Sauce

Cut racks in half forming four racks. Place in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 1/2-2 hours. Remove ribs and brush with BBQ sauce. Either grill until the ribs are browned or bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Serves 4-6. 

Honey Maple BBQ Sauce
1/2 c. Heinz Ketchup
1/2 c. Honey
1/2 c. Light Brown Sugar
1/4 c. Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, whisk together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, approximately 10 minutes. Let cool. Makes 1 1/2 cups. 

Nutritional Information for every 2 ribs: Calories  339, Carbs 29g, Fat 17g, Protein 18g


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  1. We LOVE making ribs at my house! These sound delicious with the sweeter sauce!

    1. Thanks Lisa~they were good with the sweeter sauce. Everyone loved them!

  2. mmmmm. ribs! Now you're cooking my kind of food... wait, who am I kidding, any food is my kind!
    Depending on the weather I may make some ribs this weekend as well in the smoker. If all goes well I'll send you a photo.

    I like the new layout, keep up the good work.


    1. Thank you! That sounds great Coop, you should enter your recipe/pic in my contest! :)

  3. I'm guessing by the pictures that you used St. Louis style spareribs? For those type, the best recipe I've found has to be Bobby Flay's recipe. For baby backs I love Michael Chiarello's recipe.

    1. I'm not actually sure which type but Michael Chiarello's recipe sounds AMAZING! Thanks for sharing and stopping by DB!

  4. Yummy!!! I love ribs and your photographs are looking great!

  5. I enjoy a good rack of ribs, and my bf enjoys one even more. Your recipe looks great and I'd love to try a plate of those tender ribs. YUM!


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