“Falls right off the bone” – just reading the words makes your mouth water and go out to find the perfect juicy and tender baby back ribs. It is difficult to find restaurants that consistently serve good baby back ribs. Then, how much more difficult would it be to prepare them at home? Well, it is not really that difficult. Here is an easy recipe to get you the falls-right-off-the-bone baby back ribs anytime, all the time.
The secret of a good barbecue is, of course, the barbecue sauce. This can be skipped by using your favorite store-brought barbecue sauce. For those who have more time to spare, you can prepare the sauce in one big batch and keep it in storage.
Baby Back Ribs
- 2 medium onions, peeled and sliced
- 10 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
- 2 fresh red chilies, stalks removed
- olive oil
- fresh thyme, leaves of 10 sprigs or 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- fresh rosemary, leaves of 10 sprigs or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- fresh coriander , handful
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 oranges, zest and juice
- 1 cup soft brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup tomato ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- ¾ cup apple sauce
- salt and pepper
- water, approximately 1 cup
- In a food processor, combine onions, garlic and chilies and blend to a fine paste. In a sauce pan over low heat, pour enough olive oil to grease pan and gently fry paste for about 3-5 minutes.
- In a food processor, combine all herbs, spices and orange zest and blend. Add spice mixture into the pan with paste and let cook for 3 minutes.
- Add sugar and stir well until mixture appears like a brown paste. Pour in water and squeeze in juice of 2 oranges. Stir well and let simmer for 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well and bring everything to a boil. Turn heat down and simmer until mixture slightly thickens.
- Pour the sauce slowly through a sieve. Leave to cool completely.
For the meat rub, here’s what you will need:
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 pounds baby back pork ribs
- 1 cup barbeque sauce
- Preheat grill.
- In a small bowl, combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix the spices together thoroughly.
- Make sure the ribs are drained or dried off any liquid to avoid flare-ups. Sprinkle the spice powder mixture on both sides of the ribs. Rub lightly.
- Brush oil lightly on top rack of grill. Reduce grill heat to low. Lay ribs on top. Close the lid and leave undisturbed for 45 minutes. Resist the urge to check on the ribs every now and then.
- After 45 minutes, turn ribs to other side, and grill an additional 5 minutes (without putting the lid on). Brush barbecue sauce on both sides and serve.