1 small (1/2 cup) onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 (3-pound) rack baby back pork ribs
Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until sizzling; add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until softened.
Stir in all remaining sauce ingredients; continue cooking 5-6 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.
Pour into mini-food processor bowl fitted with metal blade or blender container; process until smooth.
Bring water to full boil in 6-quart saucepan; add ribs. Cook over medium-high heat 20-25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 195°F and ribs are fork tender.
Heat 1 side of gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white. Place coals to 1 side in charcoal grill. Make aluminum foil drip pan; place opposite coals.
Place ribs onto grill over drip pan; brush with sauce. Grill with lid closed, brushing with sauce and turning occasionally, 25-30 minutes or until ribs are fork tender.
Variations: Try one of these global twists on traditional BBQ sauce.
Mango BBQ Sauce: Add 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño peppers with onions. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped mango, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 teaspoons lemon juice with remaining ingredients.
Chipotle BBQ Sauce: Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce with remaining ingredients.
Soy Ginger BBQ Sauce: Reduce Worcestershire sauce to 1 tablespoon. Omit salt. Stir in 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon freshly grated gingerroot with remaining ingredients.
Balsamic BBQ Sauce: Reduce Worcestershire sauce to 2 tablespoons. Omit white vinegar. Stir in 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard with remaining ingredients.
Oven Directions: Heat oven to 300ºF. Line 15x10x1-inch baking
pan with aluminum foil. Place ribs onto prepared pan; brush with sauce.
Bake, brushing with sauce every 30 minutes, 2-2 1/2 hours or until
internal temperature reaches at least 145ºF and ribs are fork tender.
- Boiling the ribs until they reach 195°F helps break down the tough collagen in the meat and makes it tender, a process that would take several hours on the grill without boiling the ribs first. They then only need to be grilled a short time, greatly speeding up the process.
- Ribs can be prepared up to 8 hours before grilling. Cover; refrigerate until grilling time. Grilling or baking time may be slightly longer for refrigerated ribs.