"These ribs are perfect for a throw-down-and-wow-your-guests summer barbecue," say the Neelys. "They are sweet and smoky with just a hint of spice. The pureed peaches provide the sweetness and the hickory gives us that smoke. Our secret ingredient is the smoked paprika, which gives the ribs another layer of flavor and smoky sweetness."
Peach Dry Rub:
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 2 (3-pound) slabs pork spare ribs
- 2 cups Gina's Peach BBQ Sauce, recipe follows
- Special equipment: Hickory chips, saturated and charcoal briquettes, saturated.
For the ribs: Rinse and dry the ribs. Put them on a clean cutting board and pull off the thin fatty skin that lines the underside of the ribs. Trim the ribs of all excess fat. Reserve 2 tablespoons peach rub (1 for ribs and 1 for sauce), then liberally sprinkle each side with the remaining rub and wrap the ribs in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours so the flavors can permeate the meat.
Fill a grill with the chips and briquettes and preheat them to 250 degrees F. Put the ribs, meatier-side down, over indirect heat and cook for 3 hours with the grill cover down. Turn the slabs and cook until the ribs bend easily, about 1 hour. At this point, remove them from the grill. Sprinkle the slabs with 1 tablespoon reserved peach rub and slice it into portions. Cut each slab into individual ribs and coat with Gina's Peach BBQ Sauce. Arrange on a serving platter and serve.
Gina's Peach BBQ Sauce:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small shallot, diced
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon reserved peach dry rub
- 2 cups ketchup
- 2 cups peach nectar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallots and saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and peach rub. Stir with a wooden spoon until fragrant. Stir in the ketchup, peach nectar, apple cider vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire and lemon juice. Bring the ingredients to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let cook until thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the seasonings if necessary, and enjoy. Yield: 4 cups.