Sticky Spicy Baby Back Ribs

These sticky spicy baby back ribs are perfectly sweet and spicy. If you don’t own a grill don’t worry. I give directions for making these in the oven too!

Sticky Spicy Baby Back Ribs by Nutmeg Nanny

These ribs are delicious. They are dry rubbed with a delicious mix of dark brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, smokey cumin and allspice. I let the rub sit on the ribs in the chill chest for approximately three hours.  They were baked and then basted with a delicious homemade sauce. We currently do not have a grill so at the end I threw on the broiler and browned the sauce on the top.

Sticky Spicy Baby Back Ribs by Nutmeg Nanny

 

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Sticky Spicy Baby Back Ribs

Yield: 4 pounds

Ingredients:

For ribs:
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chile powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 pounds baby back ribs

For sauce:
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons grated peeled fresh ginger
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
3-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Source: Epicurious

Directions:

Whisk together brown sugar, salt, and spices in a small bowl.

Line a 17- by 12- by 1-inch heavy-duty baking pan with a double layer of foil, then oil foil.

Pat ribs dry and arrange in baking pan. Rub ribs all over with spice mixture and marinate, meaty sides up, covered and chilled, 2 1/2 hours.

Bring ribs to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.

Cover pan tightly with foil; bake 1 1/4 hours. Remove foil.

Make sauce while ribs bake:
Cook onion, garlic, and ginger in oil in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.

Purée sauce in 2 or 3 batches in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Set aside 1 cup sauce for serving with ribs.

Grill ribs:
Prepare grill for cooking over indirect heat with medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas); see Grilling Procedure.

To cook ribs using a charcoal grill: Lightly oil grill rack, then transfer ribs to area of rack with no coals underneath, reserving pan juices, and cook, covered with lid, basting generously with pan juices and sauce and turning over and rotating ribs every 10 minutes (keep ribs over indirect heat), until tender and browned, 30 to 40 minutes total. Transfer ribs to a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes before cutting into individual ribs.

To cook ribs using a gas grill: Lightly oil grill rack, then transfer ribs to rack above shut-off burner, reserving pan juices. Grill, covered with lid, basting generously with pan juices and sauce and turning over and rotating ribs every 10 minutes (keep ribs over shut-off burner), until ribs are tender and browned, 30 to 40 minutes total. Transfer ribs to a cutting board and let stand 5 minutes before cutting into individual ribs.

If you aren't able to grill outdoors, after baking ribs covered, remove top sheet of foil and continue to bake ribs, uncovered, basting generously with sauce and pan juices every 10 minutes and turning ribs after 20 minutes, 40 minutes total. Then turn on broiler and broil ribs, meaty sides up, 4 to 6 inches from heat until browned, about 3 minutes

 

 

19 Responses to “Sticky Spicy Baby Back Ribs”

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    Sue — July 31, 2010 at 1:00 am

    These ribs look so good, and the recipe sounds really tasty! We just got back from a popular local BBQ joint, and these look like they should be on the menu!

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    Memoria — July 31, 2010 at 2:23 am

    These ribs LOOK delicious. I already bookmarked this recipe. I’ve never bought or prepared ribs before, so we’ll see how it goes! 🙂

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    omega57 — July 31, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Looks so yummy I am sending it to my grown up boys to try! Can’t wait for us to try it out too!

    Linda

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    Jen_from_NJ — July 31, 2010 at 10:07 am

    These look fantastic! I have been wanting to make homemade barbecue sauce since it is hard to find a prepared one without high fructose corn syrup- yuck! Thank you for the great idea!

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    grace — July 31, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    i like my ribs saucy, and these are that! scrumptious work, brandy. 🙂

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    Beth — July 31, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Just made ribs and wish I’d seen your recipe first. Will try next time.

    Plan B

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — August 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    The color you have on these ribs is gorgeous! I bet they are so tasty with all those smoky seasonings. Well done 🙂

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    Faith — August 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I love ribs but I’ve actually never made them! I’ve heard that using a dry rub and then basting them with sauce while cooking is the best way to go! They look amazing!

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    Reeni — August 1, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I’m not much of a rib eater but even I have to admit these look pretty darn delicious. My parents would go crazy over them!

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    Barbara Bakes — August 1, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I love a good rib. These look fabulous!

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    Heavenly Housewife — August 2, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Mmmmmmm… finger lickin’
    *kisses* HH

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — August 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    These look awesome! Thanks! LOVE ribs!

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    Blond Duck — August 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I want my baby back, baby back, baby back ribs….

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    jenn (Bread + Butter) — August 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Aww…blond duck took what I wanted to say. LOL!!

    Man I want me some ribs now.

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    Alisa — August 4, 2010 at 11:10 am

    That looks really wonderful! I cant wait to try your recipe this weekend.I hope you won’t mind, I’d sure love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!

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    Blond Duck — August 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Happy Wednesday!

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    Julie — August 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Definitely drool worthy!

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    Cakelaw — August 15, 2010 at 2:10 am

    I don’t doubt that these ribs are delicious – they look amazing!!! Hope you have a marvellous holiday.

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    Sonja Young — January 2, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Some of the best ribs I have tried!!! My 17 year old daughter made this, she baked it in oven. Best ribs ever!

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