Recipe courtesy of Virginia Willis
Sweet Heat Barbecue Ribs
Total:
4 hr 35 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
4 hr 35 min
Active:
10 min
Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce:

Directions

If necessary, remove the thin membrane from the back of each rack of ribs; discard the membrane. Combine the paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Rub the meat with the oil and then rub liberally with the spice blend. Leave at room temperature for 45 minutes. 

Meanwhile, set the grill for indirect cooking at 250 degrees F, with wood chips for flavor if using. (I use bourbon barrel staves. Cherry and hickory would be good, but stay away from mesquite.) Wrap the soaked chips in a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped chips on the coals. 

Add the spareribs, meat-side up. Close the lid and cook, flipping occasionally, until the meat is smoky and just tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Brush the spareribs with the Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce and continue cooking until the sauce is nicely caramelized and the meat is completely tender, about an additional 30 minutes. Serve with Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce on the side.

Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce:

In a saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat; add the onions and simmer until soft and melted, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, black pepper, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low and simmer until the flavors have smoothed and mellowed, at least 10 and up to 30 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. 

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will last for months. 

More from:

Have a Backyard BBQ

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Dry Rub Baby Back Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Food Network

Scott's Short Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Foolproof Ribs with Barbecue Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Neely's BBQ Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Gina Neely|Pat Neely

Rib Dry Rub

Cherry Cola Glazed Spare Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee

Rib-Eye Steak

Recipe courtesy of Justin Burke-Samson

Barbecued Pork Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Craveworthy Eats 3 Videos

Crave-Worthy Egg Sandwich 03:24

Claire puts her own spin on a bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Farmhouse Rules

          10:30am | 9:30c

          Farmhouse Rules

          11:30am | 10:30c

          Farmhouse Rules

          12:30pm | 11:30c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Chopped

          2pm | 1c

          Chopped

          3pm | 2c

          Chopped

          4pm | 3c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Cooks vs. Cons

          9pm | 8c

          Cooks vs. Cons

          12am | 11c
          powered by PubExchange

          Get Cooking