This was my first time making ribs, and they turned out fantastic! My husband said they were the best ribs he's ever eaten. I had to improvise a little because I used 4 racks instead of 3 and I have a small grill. I simply increased the rub recipe. I also used a three burner grill and only lit one, then placed the ribs diagonal across the other two. I rotated the stack half way through, and increased the cooking time by 40 minutes. The taste of the ginger in this recipe was awesome and the sweet hot q sauce rocks, and would be good on other meats too.
Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs
Beth Dreiling Hontzas
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Other: 8 Hours, 40 Minutes
- 2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 3 slabs baby back pork ribs (about 5 1/2 lb.)
- 2 limes, halved
- Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce
- 1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small bowl.
- 2. Rinse and pat ribs dry. If desired, remove thin membrane from back of ribs by slicing into it with a knife and then pulling it off. (This will make ribs more tender.)
- 3. Rub ribs with cut sides of limes, squeezing as you rub. Massage ginger mixture into meat, covering all sides. Wrap ribs tightly with plastic wrap, and place in zip-top plastic freezer bags or a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; seal or cover, and chill 8 hours. Let ribs stand at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling. Remove plastic wrap.
- 4. Light 1 side of grill, heating to medium-high heat (350° to 400°); leave other side unlit. Place rib slabs over unlit side, stacking 1 on top of the other.
- 5. Grill, covered with grill lid, 40 minutes. Reposition rib slabs, moving bottom slab to the top, and grill 40 minutes. Reposition 1 more time, moving bottom slab to the top; grill 40 minutes.
- 6. Lower grill temperature to medium heat (300° to 350°); unstack rib slabs, and place side by side over unlit side of grill. Cook ribs 30 more minutes, basting with half of Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce. Remove ribs from grill, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut ribs, slicing between bones. Serve ribs with remaining Sweet-Hot 'Cue Sauce.
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