Baby Back Ribs with Tuscan BBQ Sauce

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  • Yield: 6 servings
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3 racks of baby back ribs

Gray salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Sauce: 

1 cup honey

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup espresso

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic


  1. Ribs: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Cut each rack of ribs in half and season with salt and pepper. Stack the ribs on a foil-covered baking sheet, in two piles of 3 pieces. Bake in the oven about 2-1/2 hours, or until tender, rotating the ribs every 30 minutes. Remove the ribs from the oven and cover them with foil to keep them moist and tender.
  2. Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, and espresso. Place the olive oil and garlic in a small saute pan. Cook over low heat for about 1 minute, or until it turns a golden brown. Remove from heat. Add to the honey mixture. Place the honey mixture in a saucepan and bring to a simmer for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. To complete: Brush the BBQ sauce on both sides of the ribs, and arrange them in a single layer. Place the ribs on an outdoor grill or in a 425 degree F oven. Turn and baste the ribs as they cook. Remove when the ribs are glazed and tender, about 15 minutes.