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I’m back today with another Summer grilling recipe! Invite your friends over for a cookout and serve up some delicious Honey Bourbon BBQ Ribs that are sure to have them begging for seconds.
A couple weeks ago I tried my hand at making ribs for the first time. I must say, I’m really happy with how they turned out! I did some research and combined several recipes to make them just right.
Ribs are a time-consuming meal to make, but they are definitely worth it! They are great for a cookout on a day off when you have plenty of time to let them marinate and slow cook in the oven before throwing them on the grill at the last minute.
I went to Walmart to buy some Smithfield St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs. Be sure to pick up a few sides to serve at your cookout, too. I served a few cookout classics like baked beans and fresh watermelon.
The secret to making incredible ribs is twofold: first, a delicious sauce and second, slow-cooking to perfection. To make sure you get all the wonderful flavor of this Honey Bourbon BBQ sauce, marinate your ribs for as long as you can. I was able to let them marinate for about 5 hours.
Next, cook the ribs in the oven for 3 hours. This slow-cooking will ensure that the ribs are nice and tender. After they are done in the oven, it’s time to fire up the grill!
Finishing up the ribs on the grill gives them that nice, charred taste. While they finish up on the grill, bring out your sides and drinks and get the party started!
Ribs are a fun way to mix things up for your next cookout. We’ve been cooking out a lot and have been making a lot of burgers and BBQ chicken. This was a great way to try my hand at something new.
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 1 cup BBQ sauce of choice
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 4-5 pounds spare ribs
- Make the sauce by mixing the bourbon, BBQ sauce, soy sauce, honey and brown sugar.
- Cut the rack of ribs in half to make it easier to fit in the oven and grill. Place the ribs in a bowl or large bag and cover with sauce. Marinate in the fridge for as long as you can. I did about 5 hours. At least 2 hours is good enough if you don't have all day.
- Preheat the oven to 250 F. Place the ribs on baking sheets and cook in the oven for 3 hours, flipping once after 1 1/2 hours. Baste the ribs with additional sauce about every 30 minutes.
- Heat the grill to medium high. Place the ribs on the grill and baste one last time. Cook for 7-10 minutes on each side.
If you don't want to finish the ribs up on the grill, you can heat the oven to 400 F and cook for 7-10 minutes on each side.
Visit the Get Fired Up Grilling website for additional recipes and tips from BBQ Pitmasters Moe Cason and Tuffy Stone. Also enter to win a trip to the American Royal BBQ contest and other great grilling prizes!