If you like sweet, sticky and spicy – that is…
No, this recipe is not for the lovers of dry rub. This is a recipe for a sticky, finger lickin mess that you will make again and again. It has quickly become a HUGE family favorite in our house! Ok, maybe it’s just MY favorite, but my hubby is a spicy dry rub rib eater. Hence the reason you will see my large rack cut in 2 pieces before I begin cooking it. I’ll post my memphis dry rub recipe another time
I started off tenderizing the ribs by steaming them on a low heat in the oven. Super easy – all you do is fill a roasting pan with about 1/2″ of water, lay the ribs meat side down and cover with foil. Bake at 250 degrees for about 3 hours. I lined my roasting pan with foil so it made cleanup alot easier when it was done cooking.
See? After it cooled, cleanup was a cinch! But now I am getting ahead of myself….. Time to make that heavenly rib sauce!
- 1 cup applesauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 6 tbspns lemon juice
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. garlic salt
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- Mix everything together in a pot and bring to a boil for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Transfer it into a jar or container and let cool before you put it into the fridge.
- makes 16 ozs.
- Always calculate 1 pound of ribs per person
- For extra tenderness, marinate them in the sauce overnight, but be sure to save some of the sauce to brush the ribs when cooking on the grill!
I let it cool while the ribs finished cooking – about 2.5 to 3 hours. Then I basted mine with the first coating of sauce while my hubby’s side got dry rubbed.
Then I finished it up on the grill – on high heat for a few minutes while basting a few more times. I really wanted it to have a nice thick, yummy coating!
Sides? Forget it! I just wanted to dig into the good part!
Quick tip: If you make a mess on your glass cooktop, have a look at my diy home made cleaning method on how to clean a glass top stove using baking soda.