Sunday, February 10, 2013

Awesome Baby Back Ribs

Last Sunday being Super Bowl, I just had to make something special for my Honey. I am not a sports fan, but my husband is, and he likes to have an assortment of finger licking good eats on the coffee table.

So here it is, my sweet friends: Guy Fieri's Righteous Ribs with Root Beer BBQ Sauce:

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Guy's Righteous Ribs

• 3 (4-pound) slabs pork spare ribs, St. Louis style-cut (trimmed, fat ends)
• 1 cup light brown sugar
• 1 Tb. plus 2 tsps. kosher salt
• 4 tsps. chili powder
• 4 tsps. garlic powder
• 4 tsps. onion powder
• 4 tsps. paprika
• 2 tsps. cumin
• 1 tsp. white pepper
• ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
• ¼ tsp. ground cloves
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Begin by trimming the ribs of any excess fat or sinew. Remove the thin membrane from the back side of the ribs and discard. Make the rub by combining the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, garlic and onion powder, paprika, cumin, white and cayenne pepper and cloves in a mixing bowl.

Set out a few large sheets of foil (one set for each slab). Place 1 rack on each sheet and divide the dry rub between each slab. Rub the mixture into the ribs on both sides, and then fold the foil over to form a sealed pouch around each rack. At this stage, make sure the racks are meat-side down. Place each pouch on a roasting tray and bake in the oven for 2 hours. After 2 hours, open up the foil and peel back so the ribs are exposed. Carefully turn the meat over so the meat side is on top.

Brush the top and bottom of the racks with a generous amount of Root Beer BBQ Sauce (recipe follows).

Root Beer BBQ Sauce

• 1 quart good quality root beer
• 1 cup ketchup
• 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
• 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
• 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
• 1 1/2 Tbs. light brown sugar, or to taste
• 1 Tb. molasses
• 2 cloves
• 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
• 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
• 1/4 tsp. onion powder
• 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
To make root beer BBQ sauce, begin by reducing root beer over high heat until reduced to ¼ of its original volume, 8 to10 minutes. Allow to cool then combine all the ingredients in the pot. Gradually bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and gently simmer the sauce until thick and richly flavored, 10 to 15 minutes.

Yield: 20 servings---ha! We finished them off in two days!

Believe me these ribs and sauce are really worth the effort! 

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From the Kitchen said...

Yum! I was quite surprised some years ago to find a recipe for barbecue sauce with root beer as an ingredient. I timidly tried it and it was delicious!! I think we could polish off this recipe in a few days too.


Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

That Root Beer BBQ Sauce sounds wonderful!! Will have to make a batch and smoother it on chicken!
Happy Valentine's Day to Your and Yours!! Have a wonderful week!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

This sounds amazing! My husband has started watching Guy's show on Food Network. Well, when he can't find any sports to watch. I'm sure he'd love these ribs.

Chatty Crone said...

You know who saved a copy for herself!! (me) sandie

Lisa Gordon said...

Charlotte, this barbecue sauce sounds so yummy!!
Thank you for sharing your recipes here.
I hope you've had a great weekend.

hootnonny said...

Hi Charlotte, these ribs look and sound scrumptious. They wouldn't have lasted two days in my home!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I tell you what, I am stuffed to the gills on your ham but I can truly testify that the rub is outstanding!!!! I smathered it on a ham and baked it..... the house smelled wonderful not to mention the ham was awesome.

The picture makes me want to lick my screen! GOLLY that looks so good. I know I will try the BBQ sauce recipe too.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

those ribs look excellent; did they taste as wonderful as they look?

Donna said...

OMWord....This looks Wonderful!!!
I Promise to give it a try Girl!!
Thanks for the recipes!!

Barbara Shallue said...

My husband usually does all of the barbecuing around our house, but this sounds yummy! I'm going to have to try it!

Rosemary Aubut said...
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Rosemary Aubut said...

Sounds wonderful! Love ribs! Makes me hungry!

Debbie said...

Well Charlotte, unfortunately I've never met a barbequed rib that I didn't like and those look quite likeable! Yum! So does everything else with it. Your man is one lucky guy! :D