Search This Blog

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Baby Back Ribs


Baby Back Ribs
(adapted from Alton Brown’s recipe)




2 whole slabs pork baby back ribs


  • Dry Rub:
8 tablespoons light brown sugar, tightly packed
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon jalapeno seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon rubbed thyme
1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  • Braising Liquid:
1 cup white grape juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp additional brown sugar


  • In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Place each slab of baby back ribs on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, shiny side down. Sprinkle each side generously with the dry rub. Pat the dry rub into the meat. Refrigerate the ribs for a minimum of 1 hour( the longer the better. Heat oven to 250 degrees. In a blender, combine all ingredients for the braising liquid, blend until well combined.


  • Place the ribs on a baking sheet. Open one end of the foil on each slab and pour half of the braising liquid into each foil packet. Tilt the baking sheet in order to equally distribute the braising liquid. Braise the ribs in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.


  • Transfer the braising liquid into a medium saucepot. Bring the liquid to a simmer and reduce by half or until of a thick syrup consistency. Brush the glaze onto the ribs. Place under the broiler or on the grill just until the glaze caramelizes lightly. Slice each slab into 2 rib bone portions. Place the remaining hot glaze into a bowl add 2 Tbsp brown sugar and toss the rib portions in the glaze. ENJOY!!!
*This recipe makes several batches of dry rub. If more rub is needed, it can be extended by any amount, as long as the ratio of 8:3:1:1 remains the same.