It appears that the time of barbecues is upon us. As we pass our way out of winter and into spring, most people are starting to plan for the next good outdoor barbecue day with family and friends. The weather is only getting warmer from here, so it makes sense that we must take these important barbecue traditions seriously as we ring in the new year of 2019. If you are ready to spice things up this year with something new and flavorful at your annual barbecue than you are in luck because boy do, we have nothing but great recipes for you. The tangiest and most tender BBQ rib recipes that will have your guests dreaming about it for days are all safely stored within this article. It is now time for you to unleash the ultimate barbecue connoisseur within you and create the best barbecue that your friends and family have ever experienced. Don’t be boring and opt for the same old food as last year. As spring is approaching steadily and your first barbecue of the year commences, create something new and different that will have your guests excited and in impatient anticipation! Without further ado, I give to you the best BBQ rib recipes out there!
Deep South Barbecue Ribs Recipe (southernliving.com)
This may be the holy grail barbecue rib recipe that you have been waiting for as you waited out the cold winter season. Tender ribs meats a delicious, wholesome barbecue sauce that simply cannot be beat. A sweet and tangy mix of different Southern sauces are combined to create that good ole’ sauce flavor that everyone loves as well as something entirely new.
● 2 (2 ½ to 3 lbs.) slabs of St. Louis style pork ribs (that is about ten bones each)
Southern BBQ Dry Rub
● 3 tablespoons of black pepper
● ⅓ cup of kosher salt
● 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
● 2 tablespoons of onion powder
● 2 tablespoons of chili powder
● 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
● 1 teaspoons of dried oregano
● 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
● 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
Melting Pot BBQ Sauce
● 3 cups of chopped yellow onions (about 2 medium onions)
● 3 tablespoons of salted butter
● 1 ½ pounds of cherry tomatoes
● 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
● 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
● 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
● 1 teaspoon of black pepper
● ½ cup of packed light brown sugar
● 1 ½ cups of white vinegar
● ¼ cup of yellow mustard
1. Begin by preheating your own to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then pat both sides of the ribs dry with paper towels. Use a knife to remove the thin membrane from each back by slicing into it and pulling it off with a paper towel.
2. In order to make the rub, proceed by first combining all ingredients listed for the rub into a medium bowl or large Ziplock bag. This creates about 1 ¼ cups of dry rub. Divide up each southern BBQ rub evenly among the slabs and rub it all over each side (this is about ¾ cup). Press the rub in gently to make sure that it sticks well. Proceed to place the slabs with the meaty side up on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Place it on a wire rack and then allow it to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
3. After doing this, bake the ribs in the preheated oven until the meat begins to pull away from the bone quite easily, but it isn’t tender yet. This normally happens after it has been baking for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. As the ribs are baking, utilize the time to make the Melting Pot BBQ Sauce. You will need to heat a large 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Then add tomatoes and cook, be sure to stir often, until the skin begins to split apart and char. This will take around 5 to 7 minutes. Add in the onions and garlic and cook some more, stirring often for about an additional 5 minutes. Add in butter to the pan and cook until it has melted for about 1 minute. Cook it all up without stirring, until the edges begin to caramelize, this will take about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the other ingredients such as vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook it all up until the tomatoes are completely broken down and the mixture has slightly thickened. This will take about 45 minutes.
5. Remove the sauce from the heat and carefully transfer it to a blender. Remove the center piece that generally accompanies the blender lid (this allows the steam to escape) and process on high until the sauce is almost smooth. This will take about 1 minute. Be sure to stop and scrape down the sides if necessary. Cool completely for about 30 minutes. In the end you should have about 1 quart of sauce.
6. Now brush both sides of the ribs with about 1 cup of the Melting Pot BBQ Sauce. Bake the ribs until they have become very tender and caramelized. This will take about 35 to 45 minutes. Brush with another cup of barbecue sauce about halfway through baking. Remove the ribs from the oven and let it stand for at least 10 minutes. Serve up with the remaining 2 cups of barbecue sauce! Enjoy!
Beth’s Melt in Your Mouth Barbecue Ribs (geniuskitchen.com)
This rib recipe is absolutely amazing and has become a hit among many rib lovers. One of the unique features about this rib recipe that sets it apart from other rib recipes is the fact that the ingredients are super simple. Sometimes you will come across rib recipes that have so many ingredients and complexities within it (and those are great too), but sometimes you really do crave something that is easy and simple to fix up and this rib recipe is the epitome of delicious and simple. For all of you easygoing rib lovers out there who want a special barbecue rib recipe without all the extra stuff, this one ‘s for you!
● 4 lbs. of pork ribs with the membrane removed
● 1 teaspoon of hickory smoked salt, if you cannot find this then you can substitute it for 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of Hickory liquid smoke
● ¾ cup of brown sugar
● ½ teaspoon of ground red pepper (optional)
● 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
● 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
● 1 tablespoon of paprika
1. Preheat your own to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with about two layers of foil with the shiny side out.
2. Peel off all tough membrane that covers the bony side of the ribs.
3. Season up both sides of the ribs with salt and pepper. If you are using the Hickory liquid smoke than divide the smoke up evenly with the ribs.
4. In a medium bowl, proceed to combine the light brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, and ground red pepper. Apply this rub to all sides of the rib.
5. Lay out the ribs on a prepared baking sheet and make sure that the meaty side is down.
6. Lay another two layers of foil on top of the ribs and roll/crimp the edges tightly, making sure that the edges are facing up to the seal.
7. Transfer the ribs to the oven and bake them for about 2-2 ½ hours or until the meat begins to shrink away from the ends of the bone.
8. Remove the ribs from the oven and heat up the broiler.
9. Cut the ribs into serving sized portions of about 2 or 3 ribs.
10. Arrange the ribs on a broiler pan and make sure to keep the bony side up.
11. Brush on the sauce and broil for another 1-2 minutes until the sauce has cooked on and remains bubbly.
12. Turn the ribs over and repeat on the other side of the ribs as well.
13. You can also grill the ribs on the grill in order to cook on the sauce if you wish!
Honey Beer Braised Ribs (tasteofhome.com)
These delicious ribs will surely be the highlight of the barbecue and amongst all your guests. These ribs are braised in beer and finished off with a nice honey finish. These tender, flavor rich ribs will be something you will dream about after your barbecue is over and for good reason. They are sweet, tangy, smoky, and paired with the softest meat to create the best barbecue ribs you possibly ever had.
● ¼ cup of honey
● 1 bottle of dark beer or beef broth
● ¼ cup of cider vinegar
● 6 pounds of pork baby back ribs
● ½ cup of packed brown sugar
● 1 teaspoon of pepper
● ¾ teaspoon of salt
● 1 bottle of barbecue sauce
1. Combine all the brown sugar, pepper, and salt together into a bowl. Rub them over the ribs and place the ribs bone side down on the rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Proceed to drizzle the ribs up with the honey. Then combine the beer and vinegar in a bowl and pour around the ribs. Spoon a bit of the beer mixture over the ribs.
2. Cover the ribs tightly with foil and bake them for 1 hour at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Reduce the heat to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit and then bake for an additional 2 hours longer or until they become tender.
3. Moisten a paper towel with some cooking oil and using a pair of long-handled tongs lightly coat the grill rack. Drain the ribs and grill them, covered, over medium-heat for about 10-15 minutes until they become browned. Turn and baste occasionally with barbecue sauce and serve up the remaining barbecue sauce. Enjoy!
BBQ Ribs in the Oven with Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce (lemonblossoms.com)
This is what you get when you combine a simple rub mix with a delicious peach style bourbon BBQ sauce. Everyone loves a good peach and they go so well with this delicious sauce. Everything about this recipe screams unique, sweet, and a mouthwatering aroma. It is the perfect BBQ rib dish that you should try to feature at your next BBQ and you can even have fun with it by incorporating some grilled peaches on the side for a tangy, sweet, caramelized flavor.
● 1 rack of baby back ribs
● 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke to brush the ribs
● ¼ cup of brown sugar
● 1 tablespoon of onion powder
● 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
● 1 tablespoon of paprika
● 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
● 1 tablespoon of chili powder
● 1/4 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper
● 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
● 2 teaspoons of salt
Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce
● 1 cup of ketchup
● ¾ cup of peach preserves
● ½ cup of bourbon
● 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
● 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
● 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
● 1 teaspoon of onion powder
● 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
● 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
● ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to about 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Rinse the ribs and pat them dry with a paper towel. Be sure to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs.
3. Use a brush to apply liquid smoke on the meaty part of the ribs. You do not need to use the entire amount of liquid smoke, but utilize at least 1 teaspoon. A quick brush on these ribs is all you need to impart some smoky flavor.
4. In a small bowl, mix the spice rub ingredients.
5. Sprinkle a generous amount of the rub mix on both sides of the ribs.
6. Line up a baking sheet with foil (optional step if you prefer to have an easier clean up).
7. Lay the ribs with the meaty side down on a separate sheet of aluminum foil and fold the sides over the ribs. Then proceed to place another sheet of foil on top and fold to crimp the edges to the seal. This will create a tight package around the ribs.
8. Place the ribs on a lined baking sheet (making sure that the meaty side is still face down) and bake the ribs for about 2 ½ hours.
9. Remove them from the oven and open the foil package very carefully. Be sure to brush the bone side of the rib with the bourbon peach BBQ sauce and bake for an additional ten minutes.
10. Once the ribs are fully cooked and tender you can cut them into serving portions and finish them off on your outdoor grill or broiler in order to get a nice brown golden color and the burnt bits.
11. If you choose to finish the ribs off through the broiler method than arrange all the ribs on a sheet pan and then brush with Bourbon Peach BBQ sauce and place them under the broiler for about 1-2 minutes until they become bubbly and caramelized. Repeat this on the other side as well.
12. If you choose to finish off your rubs using the outdoor grill than brush the ribs with the remaining Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce as needed.
Preparation for the Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce
1. Bring the bourbon to a boil over medium-high heat.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir it all up to combine. Bring the bourbon to a boil and stir it frequently.
3. Reduce the heat and cook it on low stirring frequently for about 15-20 minutes until it is slightly thickened.
4. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool at room temperature. Store it in a lidded jar (if you have leftovers) in the refrigerator and feel free to use for the rest of the month.
Now that you have a few BBQ rib recipes under your belt, the grill is yours for the taking. Dazzle your guests or loved ones in the comfort of your own home and dig in to food that is rich, hearty, and tender!