Carolina Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

READY IN: 3hrs 30mins




  • Remove the membrane from the underside of the ribs. This is important. If you've not done this before, Google the technique.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, sugar, crushed red pepper, garlic powder and thyme and mix well.
  • Using your fingers, rub the mixture over both sides of the ribs.
  • Cure the ribs in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and for more flavor, up to 24 hours.
  • To make the barbecue sauce, chop the onion and cook it in the vegetable oil until it is dark golden.
  • Transfer the onion to a saucepan and add all the remaining barbecue sauce ingredients.
  • Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Pour the sauce through a medium-meshed strainer, scraping the sieve with a metal spoon to force all the pulp through the sieve.
  • Refrigerate the sauce.
  • Grill the ribs over medium indirect heat, for about 75 minutes or until the meat begins to shrink from the ends of the rib bones.
  • Baste the ribs with the sauce occasionally, stopping 15 minutes before removing the ribs from the grill.
  • To serve, cut the ribs into individual pieces and transfer them to a garnished serving platter or to garnished individual plates and serve at once, along with any extra sauce and the fruit salad and corn on the cob.