Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
YES, there are alot of steps in making BBQ ribs and a great sauce to go with it, and YES they are always worth the work. Everyone has their own taste of what is great and what is mediocre. You just have to experiment with your sauces until you get it right. Well I finally got it just about right. LOL!! My boyfriend Marvin liked it and he ate every bite and my picky son and his girlfriend also helped to finish what was left of the ribs. So I must have done something right this time. Next time I will have to buy 8 lbs of ribs so I can have seconds.
- 4 lbs baby back ribs
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
- 2 extra-heavy-duty aluminum foil oven cooking bags
- 6 ice cubes
- 2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup apple cider or 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Prepare outdoor grill for covered direct grilling over medium heat.
- Prepare Baby Back Ribs:.
- In a small bowl, combine paprika, brown sugar, salt, chili powder, black pepper, cumin, and ground red pepper.
- Pat ribs dry with paper towels.
- Rub spice mixture all over ribs.
- Place 2 racks of ribs side by side in foil cooking bag.
- Place 3 ice cubes under ribs; seal bag.
- Or, place two 30" by 18" sheets of heavy-duty foil on work surface to make a double thickness.
- Place 2 racks of ribs side by side on center of stacked foil.
- Place 3 ice cubes under ribs.
- Bring long sides of foil up and over ribs;.
- Fold several times to seal well, then fold in ends to seal tightly.
- Repeat with 1 more cooking bag or 2 more sheets of foil and remaining ribs and ice cubes.
- Place foil packets on grill rack.
- Cover grill and cook ribs 1 hour, carefully turning packets over with tongs once halfway through grilling.
- While ribs are grilling:.
- Prepare Barbecue Sauce:.
- In 4-quart saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients; heat to boiling over high heat.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered 30- 40 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly stirring occasionally.
- Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
- When ribs are done, with kitchen shears cut an X in top of each foil packet to let steam escape, then carefully pull back foil to open.
- Remove ribs and place directly on grill rack.
- Cover grill and cook ribs 7 to 10 minutes or until browned, turning over once.
- Brush ribs with some sauce and cook 7 to 10 minutes longer, brushing with some more sauce and turning frequently.
- To serve, cut ribs into 1-rib portions and arrange on platter.
- Pass remaining sauce to serve with ribs.
My husband is renowned for his ribs and for many years used a family recipe that had been passed on to him. He switched to this recipe and our family and friends are now asking for this version instead. I think the cumin makes the sauce memorable and a little different, and the ice cube method really keeps the meat tender and juicy. Highly recommended!