Barbeque Pork Spare Ribs

Yield:
8 servings
Ingredients
  • Barbeque Sauce for Pork Spare Ribs:
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 -cup peanut oil
  • 3 cups (24 oz.) tomato puree
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 -cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 oz. white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 1 Tbs. paprika
  • Dry Rub for Barbeque Pork Spare Ribs:
  • 2 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbs. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 2 Tbs. chili powder
  • 3 Tbs. paprika
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • Barbeque Pork Spare Ribs:
  • 8 lbs. pork spareribs, about 3 full racks
  • 1 cup dry rub (from recipe above)
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, with the remaining 3 cups set aside and served on the side (from recipe above)
  • aluminum foil
Directions

BARBEQUE SAUCE: Heat butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. The butter should begin to bubble and foam as it heats. Once the foam subsides, add onions and saute over medium heat for five minutes, until just soft. Add garlic and saute for one minute. Add tomato puree, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, white wine vinegar, chili powder and paprika and bring to a simmer.

Cook uncovered until thickened, about one and a half hours. Remove from heat, let cool and separate one cup of sauce to be used to baste and three cups to be served as sauce on the side. Refrigerate until ready to use.This sauce will be used to baste the ribs during the final 10 minutes of cooking time on the barbecue.

DRY RUB: Combine all ingredients and set aside. Placed in an airtight container, this rub will keep for about three months.

PORK RIBS: pare the grill: Place a drip pan filled with water in the barbecue - the ribs will cook above it. If using a gas grill, place the pan to one side and only light half of the burners. If using charcoal, get the coals hot and spread them out from the middle, creating a well for the drip pan to sit in. Rub pork spareribs with dry rub mixture. Note: It is not necessary to apply the dry rub hours beforehand; applying just before cooking yields the same results.

Check grill to see if it's reached the proper temperature, 200 degrees F. Place ribs on grill over drip pan, close barbecue lid and cook for about 1 1/2-2 hours at 200 degrees F. Turn ribs every 20-30 minutes, adding coals or adjusting gas to maintain a steady 200 degrees F. Some fluctuation is okay (and unavoidable if using charcoal), but the goal is to stay between 190 degrees F-220 degrees F.

Begin basting ribs with sauce in the final 10 minutes of grill time (after about 1 1/2 hours). Any earlier and the sauce will simply dry out. Note: The USDA states that pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. It is difficult for the meat to retain its juices at this temperature (145 degrees F will produce deliciously moist and juicy ribs) but if you are concerned about safety, follow the USDA guidelines and be aware that the ribs will be on the dry side. Once the ribs are cooked, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil and place inside paper bags. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow them to steam and tenderize the meat further without overcooking. Remove and serve with remaining sauce on the side.


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Loved the rub - great taste. Adjusted grilling time a little longer and actually finished them in the oven after we achieved a good bark. Made our own oak wood chips with a whiskey soak. We have our own very similar bbq sauce recipe that we used with the ribs. Overall delicious - a big hit with our family and guests! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was not enough time...I cooked mine for 2 1/4 hours @ 200 degrees before putting them in foil and the brown bags. When I cut into them 40 minutes later, they were raw in the middle. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would give it more but this recipe calls for peanut oil in the ingredients but in the directions says nothing about what you use the peanut oil for. This made it confusing and was a waste of money to buy the peanut oil when I never use it. Other than that good recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only way we make ribs. We've made this for 2 dinner parties and both were a huge hit, even with the toddlers. The ribs are moist and the sauce is now a staple in our fridge (as is the rub in our spice pantry. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I modified the recipe a little for my taste. The ribs were moist and tender. The sauce was nice with just the right bite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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