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Best Ever Baby Back Ribs with BBQ Sauce


Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

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

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper


1 (3-pound) rack baby back pork ribs

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat until sizzling; add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until softened.

  2. STEP 2

    Stir in all remaining sauce ingredients; continue cooking 5-6 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened.

  3. STEP 3

    Pour into mini-food processor bowl fitted with metal blade or blender container; process until smooth.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

    Heat one side of gas grill on medium or charcoal grill until coals are ash white. Place coals to one side in charcoal grill. Make aluminum foil drip pan; place opposite coals.

  6. STEP 6

    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.

Oven Directions

Heat oven to 300°F. 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 145°F and ribs are fork tender.

Try one of these global twists on traditional BBQ sauce.

Mango BBQ Sauce

Add 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño pepper along with the onion. Stir 1/2 cup chopped mango, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in with remaining ingredients.

Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Stir 2 tablespoons chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce in with remaining ingredients.

Soy Ginger BBQ Sauce

Reduce Worcestershire sauce to 1 tablespoon. Omit salt. Stir 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon freshly grated gingerroot in with remaining ingredients.

Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Reduce Worcestershire sauce to 2 tablespoons. Omit white vinegar. Stir 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard in with remaining ingredients.  

Tip #1

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.

Tip #2

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.

Nutrition (1 serving)

700 Calories
49 Fat (g)
183 Cholesterol (mg)
1450 Sodium (mg)
25 Carbohydrates (g)
0 Dietary Fiber
40 Protein (g)
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