Baby Back Ribs

READY IN: 27hrs
Recipe by Air Force Mama

Adapted from Alton Brwn

Top Review by Jill K.

Thanks for posting this recipe. I have made it before and couldn't remember where I got it and was getting nervous! It is hands down the best Ribs recipe ever! I made this recipe several times last summer and the requests for them are coming in. We spend all day out on the boat and hanging on the beach so I like to make these, cut the ribs individualls right when they are hot off the grill, wrap them in foil and put them in a cooler. So easy to eat and they aren't around for long.

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  1. Prepare the rub by mixing all the ingredients together.
  2. Place each rib rack on a sheet of extra-wide, heavy-duty aluminum foil. (The foil should be 4 inches longer than the ribs on either end.)
  3. Season racks liberally with salt and sprinkle each rack with 3 tablespoons of the rub.
  4. Turn the ribs, meat side down, and tightly seal each foil pouch.
  5. Place on a half sheet pan and refrigerate overnight.
  6. The next day, heat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  7. Combine the orange juice and margarita mix in a liquid measuring cup.
  8. Open 1 end of each pouch and evenly divide the liquid between the 2 pouches.
  9. Reseal the pouches and place the sheet pan in the oven for 2 hours.
  10. Remove the ribs from the oven, carefully open 1 end of each pouch and pour the braising liquid into a heatproof measuring cup.
  11. Reseal the pouches and place them and the measuring cup of liquid into the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.
  12. The fat in the braising liquid will have solidified on the top and can be removed at this time.
  13. Transfer the liquid to a small saucepan and add the honey, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, espresso powder and cayenne pepper.
  14. Whisk to combine. Set over medium high heat and reduce to a glaze, approximately 10 minutes.
  15. Set a gas grill to medium-high and allow to heat for 10 minutes.
  16. Cut each slab in half and place them on the grill, flesh side down, close the lid and decrease the heat to medium.
  17. Leave alone for 3 minutes.
  18. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes.
  19. Flip and cook for 3 minutes on each side 1 more time or until each rib has a nice char.
  20. Remove the ribs from the grill to a cutting board. and cut into 2 rib portions, using kitchen shears.
  21. Add the ribs and half the glaze to a large serving bowl and toss to thoroughly coat.
  22. Serve the remaining glaze on the side.

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