Southern Comfort Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Total Time:
2 hr 15 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
1 hr 55 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Ribs:
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs, membrane removed, cut into 3 to 4 rib pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • Southern Comfort BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 shots (4 1/2 ounces) Southern Comfort
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion
  • Oil, for drizzling
  • Coarsely ground pepper
Directions
  • For the ribs: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

  • In a small mixing bowl, add the light brown sugar, espresso powder, mustard powder, paprika and cayenne.

  • Sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper, then generously rub with the spice blend. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet, add the apple juice and cover with foil. Place in the oven and cook until tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes.

  • For the BBQ Sauce: Meanwhile, combine the tomato sauce, chicken stock, Southern Comfort, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, garlic, onion, a drizzle of oil and some ground pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook at a low bubble for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and discard the onion and garlic.

  • Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and pour off the liquid. Place under the broiler and cook until lightly golden brown in color, about 3 minutes. Brush the ribs with 1 to 2 cups of the BBQ Sauce, and broil again, about 3 minutes more.


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