I have an awesome friend, Amber, who introduced me to the fact that one CAN actually make great Barbecue Ribs at home! She and her husband had us over for ribs one day last summer.  You know, one of those days when you arrive right after lunch, let the kids play outside, walk through the garden inspecting the baby veggies coming up, cook on and off all day, and really get to talk. It was lovely.

But the RIBS! They were seriously amazing!  Since that first time at Amber’s house, I’ve been able to replicate the experience several times. This time?  I even made my own sauce!

BBQ Ribs Done

First, let me share the method for making the ribs “fall off the bone” tender.

Cooking the Ribs

1. First, find a couple of racks of Baby Back Ribs on sale.  They were half-price at Harris Teeter last week, so I grabbed some!

2. Then, put the ribs into a big pot of boiling water, covering the ribs with the water.  Reduce the heat and simmer for three hours.  Yes, three hours. This will make them nice and tender and cook them through.

The Sauce

My husband and I really love the Stubbs brand BBQ Sauce. But today, much to my dismay, we only had about 1/4 of a bottle.  I refused to run to the store to get some more (gas prices, you know). SO… I made my own! This amount of sauce will cover one rack of ribs.

I started by mixing a basic Texas BBQ Glaze base in a small saucepan, over medium heat:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Horseradish Mustard (Brown mustard will do)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Then, I tweaked it with a few extra ingredients (I raided my pantry. Barb is rubbing off on me) to taste:

  • Cayenne pepper ( I guess I put in about 1/2 tsp.)
  • Garlic Powder
  • Hot Pepper sauce (like Franks or Texas Pete)
  • Whatever else you like

It seemed really thin at first, but as you simmer, it will thicken up.  Make sure you stir constantly so the sauce doesn’t burn.  Simmer the sauce for 15 minutes or so, until it starts to thicken up.  TASTE as you go, to make sure you’re on the right track.  This sauce is extremely sweet unless you add a generous portion of hot sauce like I did.  It turned out the perfect combination of sweet and tangy.

The Grilling

Now, it’s time to hit the grill.  Place the ribs on a warmed up grill over medium heat.  While on the grill, brush sauce generously on one side.  Turn after about 5 minutes, and coat the other side with sauce. Keep turning every 5 minutes or so, until the outside is glazed and just a little bit charred.  You’ll know when they’re ready! And then? You eat way too many and talk for a week about how good they were!

BBQ on the Grill

Have you ever made Barbecue Ribs at home? What method did you use?

Shared at Beauty and Bedlam Tasty Tuesday