They’re back. Foodie Fridays are back! We’re so excited to start doing these again, and what better way to kick it off than with one of our absolute favorite summer recipes. Ribs! But not just any ribs, these are Scott Hibb’s Amazing Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs. Ribs with homemade barbecue sauce that are so fall-off-the-bone that we had trouble even picking them up without the bones just pulling right out!
Scott Hibb’s Amazing Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs (Serves 4) (Found at allrecipes.com)
2 (2 lb) baby back rib racks
fresh coarse ground black pepper and salt
1 tablespoon ground red chili pepper
2 ¼ tablespoons vegetable oil
½ cup minced onion
1 ½ cups water
½ cup tomato paste
½ cup white vinegar
½ cup brown sugar
2 ½ tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon fresh course ground black pepper
1 ¼ teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring (or sub for chipotle powder)
2 teaspoons whiskey
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon dark molasses (or sub for brown sugar)
½ tablespoon ground red chili pepper
Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
Cut each full rack of ribs in half, so that you have 4 half racks.
Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper (more pepper than salt), and 1 tablespoon chili pepper. (We let is sit overnight, but you don’t have to.)
Wrap each half rack in aluminum foil.
Bake for 2 ½ hours.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Cook and stir the onions in oil for 5 minutes.
Stir in water, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, and Worcestershire sauce.
Season with 2 teaspoons salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, liquid smoke (or chipotle powder), whiskey, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, dark molasses (or brown sugar), and ½ tablespoon ground chili pepper.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat.
Simmer for 1 ¼ hours, uncovered, or until sauce thickens.
Remove from heat, and set sauce aside.
Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
Remove the ribs from the oven, and let stand 10 minutes.
Remove the racks from the foil, and place on the grill.
Grill the ribs for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Brush sauce on the ribs while they’re grilling, just before you serve them (adding it too early will burn it).
Have an amazing and safe 4th of July weekend, and keep an eye out the first Friday of every month for more of our favorite recipes! If you have a suggestion for a future Foodie Friday, share it in the comments and we just might feature it. Cheers!