"These mesquite-and bay-flavored baby-back ribs are brushed with your favorite barbecue sauce and grilled to perfection." — National Pork Board
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baby back pork ribs (about 1-1/2 lbs. per rack)
1 (12 ounce) jar
whole medium onion, peeled
prepared barbecue sauce (mild or spicy)
"These are the best ribs I've ever had," were the first words out of my husband's mouth. I had almost 4 pounds of baby backs, and I went with the 12-oz. bottle of Lawry's Mesquite Marinade. I added an extra onion, quartered, to the par-boil liquid. The onions were so delicious at the end of cooking, that I served them as a perfect side dish with a pat of butter, S&P. I also added a few extra bay leaves and one Tbs. of minced garlic-from-the-jar to the par-boil liquid. Omitted the brown sugar, because I didn't want sweet ribs, but I'll try the sugar another time. Grilled the ribs 7 minutes per side. Tender and moist results -- outstanding! Thanks for this simple, yet over-the-top delicious recipe -- fit for a king!!
P.S. It's now July 5, 2010, and this is still my go-to recipe for babyback ribs. Everyone loves them. I now throw in about 4 onions to serve as a side dish. I think that the sugar can make these ribs too sweet, compromising the good "barbecue" taste. Lastly, the leftover broth is delicious, so I chill it overnight, skim the solidified fat layer, and then use it for other dishes. For example, I cook Italian sausages in a cup or two of the rib broth to make subs. I also make a huge pot roast in the crockpot with the rib broth mixed with half pkg. of dry onion soup and sometimes throw in a can of mushroom soup. You can think of all sorts of uses for the broth.
We didn't use the brown sugar because we used this local place's bbq sauce (its amazing by itself). Because the recipes says to cook it in the stock pot, the bbq sauce we brushed it with after didn't "seep" in very well. In the future, I might just marinade the ribs over night and grill them after brushing them with bbq sauce.
I'm glad I went for this one although there hadn't been any reviews before mine. I loved it. We loved it. The changes I made were minor. I added 1 more bay leaf, quartered a large onion and sprinkled some rub into the water mix as well. It smelled great as it was cooking and our mouths were salivating even prior to grilling. I doubled the sauce because I had 3 racks of ribs. I think that next time I'll either use a different BBQ sauce than Sweet Baby Ray's or use it but decrease the brown. It was just a tad sweeter than I've liked. But over all it was moist and fantastic!
These ribs were the crowd favorite at our Father's Day cook out! We all thought they were better than anything you would order in a restaurant; and they were so easy!!!
My potluck crowd kept asking for more! It was tender after the boil and the bbq-brown sugar glaze topped it off well; especially using Stubb's or Rudy's bbq sauce. I used country style ribs instead of baby back. I didn't have a large stockpot so I split the ribs into 2 pots with each pot consisting of water to cover, 1/2 the marinade, 2 bay leaves, 1/4 large onion. Total prep and cooking time took no more than 1hr -- too easy!
Seriously Yummy and Easy! I didn't have "marinade" so I just used BBQ sauce in the water...soooo good!
Great recipe! The first time we made them, the ribs burned on the bbq because of the brown sugar in the sauce, but the second time we put the sauce on later and they turned out perfectly...not too tender that they fall off the bone, but so tender that they're easy to eat! Thanks for the base for great ribs!
Simple recipe that tastes like you've slow cooked the baby backs for hours. I agree with some of the other reviews that using either BBQ sauce or mesquite marinade in the stockpot makes no difference in the finished product. The one thing that I've tried different was to remove the thin membrane that you typically find covering racks of ribs.... I got much better feedback from the racks in which I left the membrane in tact.... I won't ever use another recipe for rigs again....this one's a keeper!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Hoot-n Holler Baby Back Pork Ribs
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 267
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