Barbecued Ribs….Finger Licking Good


This has been my go to main course for family and friends this summer.  Pork Ribs with my secret sauce. Posting here I guess makes it not so secret after all.  But, I can trust you right?  You’ll keep my secret….

Robin’s Secret Barbecue Sauce

4 tablespoons butter

1 large onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup orange juice

1 1/2 cup cider vinegar

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 lemon sliced

1 cup real maple syrup

1 cup honey

4 cups ketchup

4 tablespoons dry mustard

2 teaspons salt

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 teaspoon paprika


Melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic; saute 5 to 6 minutes until tender.  Add reaining ingredients.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, 60 minutes, stirring often.  Remove and discard lemon slices.

Sauce can be made ahead and kept covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  I store mine in good old mason jars.  Looks nice in my fridge.

This recipe makes a lot of sauce but,  you can use it on the pork burgers I posted last week or, barbecue chicken you might be making tomorrow.   Anyway you look at it this is good sauce.


Grilled Pork Ribs (around 8 servings)

6 to 8 lbs pork spareribs

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon pepper

Robin’s Secret Sauce.

Rinse spareribs under cold running water, and pat dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle both sides of ribs with salt and pepper.  Place in a large shallow roasting pan, and brush both sides with sauce, (approx. 1 cup).  Cover pan with foil.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours.  Turn ribs, and bake 1 1/2 more hours or until super tender.  Drain excess oil from pan.

Set aside 1 cup of  sauce for dipping.  Brush ribs  once again with a cup of sauce.  Turn on grill, medium heat, 300 to 350 degrees.  Grill ribs with cover closed for 10 to 15 minutes.  Turn often to avoid burning and baste with sauce as needed.  Serve ribs with warmed reserved sauce.  Enjoy!


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