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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

BBQ Ribs

Barbecuing is a very popular American summer tradition with studies showing that as much as 90% of all Americans attend at least one barbecue party every summer. Most American families own some type of the grill or the other, depending on their own special needs and space or budget constraints. I love to grill out all year round. However, I do not own a smoker...YET! I only have a gas grill which is great to finish the ribs, but the ribs must be pre-cooked to ensure tenderness. I like to use a dry rub, place them in a bag, and allow to sit over night. Then, I use a slow cooker, on low for 8 hours. I finish the ribs off with sauce on the grill. I like Sweet Baby Ray's original barbecue sauce if I am using a bottle from the store. However, I do like to make my own as well.


2 cups ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
5 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Cooked uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour 15 minutes.

Dry Rub:

1 1/2 cups paprika
3/4 cup sugar
3 3/4 tablespoons onion powder

Rinse and dry ribs. Place on a clean cutting board and pull off the membrane, the thin fatty skin that lines the underside of the ribs. Trim the ribs of excess fat and meat. Liberally season both sides of the ribs with 1/4 to 1/2 cup Dry Rub. Wrap ribs and refrigerate for at least 8 hours so flavors can permeate.

You can store any unused in an air tight container for 6 months.

Dry rub and sauce recipe courtesy of the Neely's.

Place the ribs in a slow cooker. Add a Tbsp. of liquid smoke.Cook on low for 8 hours or 4on high. Ribs should be fork tender. When cooked,brush the BBQ sauce on the ribs. Place ribs, meatier side down, on the grill, on medium high. Cook, with grill open, for 5-6 minutes each side. Remove from grill. Add additional BBQ sauce if desired.

Dry rub and sauce recipe courtesy of the Neely's.

1 comment:

Cooking Obsession said...

Marie Wingard likes this..
Melissa Ball Connell I promised BBQ Ribs!!!! Yummy!

Marie Wingard Are you sure your not Paula Dean???? Looks really yummy!

Vivian Vallies oh boy do those look yummy....

Melissa Ball Connell thanks all!!!!!!!I love to cook...obviously!