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Zippy BBQ Ribs

Zippy BBQ Ribs

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Marinate 8 hrs
  • Grill 1 hr

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The spices and sweet apple juice in the barbecue sauce give these grilled pork ribs their robust flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 1 1/2 - pounds or four 1-pound pork loin back ribs or meaty pork spareribs
  • Apple Barbecue Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider
  • 4 cups apple or hickory wood chips (optional)

Directions

  1. For dry rub, combine black pepper, paprika, chili powder, celery salt, red pepper, garlic powder, and dry mustard.
  2. Rub mixture onto the ribs*, coating both sides. Wrap ribs in foil or clear plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or up to 10 hours.
  3. Prepare barbecue sauce and, if you like, soak wood chips in water for 1 hour. Drain.
  4. In a covered grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Pour 1 inch of water into drip pan. If you're using wood chips, sprinkle them onto preheated coals. Test for medium** heat above pan. Place ribs on grill rack over pan.
  5. Lower grill hood and grill about 1-1/2 hours or until ribs are tender, brushing occasionally with applejuice and adding more coals and wood chips as needed. Brush ribs with sauce the last 15 minutes of grilling. Makes 8 servings.

Note

  • ** To test for medium heat, you should be able to hold your hand over the drip pan at the height of the food for 4 seconds before you have to pull away.

Note

  • * For faster grilling, precook the ribs in enough simmering water to cover for 30 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly. Rub dry mixture over ribs and continue cooking on the grill as directed, except cook for 30 minutes, basting with sauce the last 10 minutes.

Apple Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1/4 cup apple juice or cider
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/3 cup grated peeled apple
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 2 teaspoons grated green pepper

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine catsup, apple juice or cider, apple-cider vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, and white pepper. Bring to boiling. Stir in apple, onion, and green pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until thick, stirring often. Makes 1-3/4 cups.

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