Sunday, June 5, 2011

BBQ Ribs and Sauce

Do you have a "signature" recipe? One that you find yourself sharing over and over and people seem to think it requires super human cooking skills to achieve the end results? This is that recipe. This is the recipe people ask me for every single time I make it. This is the recipe that spawned the annual Hansen Family Ribfest event that my brothers reminisce about all year long until it's time to do it again. This is the recipe that when I couldn't host Ribfest 2010 those same brothers took it upon themselves to figure out how to make their own. Yes, this is THAT recipe.

Now don't misunderstand's all smoke and mirrors. There is no super human cooking skill here. Just a little bit of patience, a lot of tin foil, and a really dirty oven at the end of the day. In fact, if you embark upon a ribfest (or should it be ribquest) of your own please, please, please remember to put foil in the bottom of your oven before you start. The sauce WILL drip. You will probably not think through the whole "when I flip the oven to clean there isn't a way to open the door once it gets going" thing and you will manage to start your oven on fire, have smoke billowing from the windows and necessitate your children answering questions about when they became chain smokers. Not that I know anything about that but that is my cautionary tale for the day. I'm fairly sure that that could actually someone else of course.

My son hosted a mission reunion with several of his former companions and some of their "women folk" yesterday. Ribs and Bacon Stuffed Burgers were on the menu. They didn't want salads or veggies, just meat, chips and something to wash it down with. In my head I was thinking there is no way they will eat all of that...well they did. I am still in shock. They all enjoyed it though and are looking forward to doing it again next year. I may have recovered by then. These people look like they are enjoying themselves, right?....

Because of the mass quantities of ribs I cooked yesterday I didn't make my own sauce but when I cook on a more reasonable scale this is the recipe I use. It will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks so I make a little extra to have on hand.

Dude, I'm way wordy today. On to the recipe!

BBQ Ribs and Sauce
serves 2-4 as an entree

4 lbs baby back pork ribs
BBQ sauce, lots of it.

Honey BBQ Sauce

1 c. ketchup
1/2 c. dark molasses
1 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 c. honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan and whisk together. Bring to a boild. Reduce heat and simmer for 40-50 minutes until reduced down and as thick as you like it.

Cut ribs into sections of 4-6 ribs (I usually just cut the rack in half). Coat with BBQ sauce on both sides. Place on a large, doubled thickness, heavy duty foil and wrap tightly, like you are making a tin foil dinner or a packet to cook in the fire. Let marinate in the fridge overnight, it makes them very tender and tasty. Place the rib packets seam side up (critical hint right there) in a 300 degree oven and let bake for 2-3 hours. When you see the meat pulling back from the bone it's done. You will be able to tell by smell as well.

Heat grill up on med high. Grill ribs on the hot grill for 2-4 minutes per side or just until you get those nice blackened streaks. Baste with some reserved sauce.

Dig in!

This post is linked to the following linky parties:

Melt in Your Mouth Mondays
Made it on a Monday
This Chick Cooks
Totally Tasty Tuesdays


Devin & Lindsay said...

I can attest. These are the best ribs and burgers ever! We love tha Hansens! Thanks again for everything Jill! :)

Flashlight Girl said...

Drool. I vowed to only consume these at your house. :0) Stupid Weight Watchers.

Martha said...

Yum-we love bbq ribs and these look perfect!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

I love BBQ Ribs! And these are calling my name!

Thanks for linking up to Made it on Monday again! Glad to see you here! :)

Amy said...

Wow, these BBQ ribs look wonderful and finger-licking delicious. I'm sure they are a crowd pleaser. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


Miz Helen said...

What an awesome party and awesome ribs. Those ribs are "mouth watering" that's the very best! I am your newest follower! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
Miz Helen

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Those ribs look so tasty and what better way to enjoy them than at a get together? Thanks for coming by to share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a great weekend!

ryobious said...

Just wanted to thank you for linking up on Whisking Wednesdays last week and let you know I featured your recipe this week. It looked amazing! Hope to see you back again this week!

Anonymous said...

I saw these on Whisking Wednesday link party and YUM! is what came to mind.
I'm hosting my first link party today Cast Party Wednesday and would love it if you would come over and share this tasty recipe with us.
I hope to see you there!