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Cheese Powders at Firehouse Pantry

Baby Back Ribs
like Applebee's
Boiled, brushed with sauce, then broiled,
these ribs are tender and full of zesty flavor.

Serves: 2-4
Prep. Time: 1:15

3 lbs. pork baby back ribs - cut in 2-4 sections
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 Tbls. dark brown sugar
3 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. liquid smoke OR 1/2 tsp. hickory smoke powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

-Place ribs in a large pot and fill pot with enough water to cover ribs.
-Bring water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, or until ribs are fork tender.
-While ribs are boiling, combine remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring often, for 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
-Place boiled ribs, meat side down, on a broiler pan.
-Brush with half the sauce mixture and broil 4"-5" from heat for 6-7 minutes.
-Turn ribs over, brush with remaining sauce, and broil additional 6-7 minutes, or until edges are slightly charred.

Make It A Meal: Serve accompanied by Bacon Scallion Mashed Potatoes like Applebee's and Confetti Vegetables

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Visitor Comments

  • Awesome ribs! This recipe is a keeper!

  • My family has never had better tasting ribs than these. We love this recipe!! I will never make ribs any other way.

  • I tried your Applebee's Ribs recipe. It was great! I made it for my family, we're a real bunch of carnivores. I used all the ingredients suggested. I find that if you add a little more brown sugar and you let the sauce reduce to become a little thicker, it makes it taste absolutely amazing! It may not be just like Applebee's, but their sweet and delicious. Also, if you let them marinate for a day or two after being boiled and covered with the sauce, they get really tender. I've made this recipe a couple of times and have had time to experiment.

  • These ribs were possibly the best we have ever had. I added just a little more brown sugar (we like a sweeter sauce) and a pinch of celery seed. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • These ribs were awesome! We rated them a 5 out of 5 napkin recipe!

  • I doubled the entire recipe and increase the brown sugar by two tablespoons and made 6 pounds of ribs last night. They were absolutely amazing! The meat was so tender from the boiling and the sauces was excellent. Great recipe. Thanks!

  • Very good recipe......My 5 yr old daughter who never eats Ribs couldn't get enough...The BBQ sauce is a dead ringer...Thanks!!

  • Wow! Incredible recipe! Meat was falling-off-the-bone tender, and sauce was wonderful! Had husband and 3 picky kids begging for more. I'll definitely be making again soon!

  • Extremely good used boneless ribs, boiled 2 hours will make over .Might try pork chops next. THANKS :)

  • This is a fairly good recipe, but I can tell you, this is NOT Applebee's recipe. I've been the prep cook there for the past 8 years, and we use a very different recipe. But yours isn't too bad

  • This is the best rib recipe ever!!! My wife & kids, their boyfriends/girlfriends, my inlaws, my parents, my brothers, my friends, all love them. Every comment we get is that these ribs are the best I have ever eaten, anywhere (and I agree). I have made them several times & will never look for another recipe. What tops it off is that it's so easy! Thanks

  • Great and awesome ribs better than applebee's.

  • This recipe is great for during the work week when you don't have a lot of time to cook, or if you don't have a BBQ grill or time to fire it up, because it makes use of two shortcuts - liquid smoke & boiling as the cooking method. Also, I would suggest that you peel off the membrane from the back of the ribs before cooking them if it hasn't already been peeled off. When I have plenty of time, I prefer to use my Weber charcoal grill and indirect heat. I place a piece of split hickory wood, or basically a fire log of hickory, down the middle of the grill as a divider, and then I put my charcoal on one side and my ribs on the other. I cook them on indirect heat for a several hours while basting them with regular BBQ sauce until they are done. Also, as an alterative to grilling all day, you could use Robbie's sauce recipe but cook them in the oven at 225 for 4-5 hours covered and then just finish them on the grill using some more of her sauce!

  • One substitute for liquid smoke could be to actually smoke the ribs for a bit in your smoker...of course, anyone with a smoker probably has liquid smoke anyway...just a thought.

  • I used to make my own sauce which was OK and my wife ran across this recipe and asked me to try it. They my ribs so much now that I wouldn't dare think of using my old recipe. Thanks

  • Hi, I am a broil cook at applebees and the actual recipe is this: First the ribs are rubbed with a bbq seasoning and then partially cooked on the grill, about 5 minutes on each side. After that they are coated in bbq sauce (nothing special) and then put in a steamer for 90 minutes. This cooks the ribs fully and holds in the moisture. When a customer orders the ribs, they are reheated on the grill, about another 5 to 10 minutes and the re coated with more bbq sauce. The recipe above is very similar but this is actually how its done. any other requests just ask.

  • this recipe i found a while back, tried it to perfection and then again today - this is the best alround tastiest recipe for Baby Back Ribs we have ever had and most definitley savoring every last taste down to the bone!!! 5 Stars. Thanks im going to make some right now for our Christmas

  • Wow!!!!!!!! My friends and I loved the ribs.... Great recipe and very easy to make.

  • I have made my ribs this way for over 30 yrs. I put some vinegar and pickling spice in the water. No need to boil forever. Good even with bottled sauces.


  • I have made so many different rib recipes and this is the best! I use this recipe all the time now.The meat is so tender and the homemade sauce is the bomb!!

  • UNBELIEVABLE!!!! These are the most awesome ribs I have ever tasted! I couldn't believe they came out of my kitchen! We do them on a grill using Charwood, and they are amazing. Going to do them for my family tonight using my brother-in-law's gas grill. Hopefully they still come out awesome!

  • This recipe is so easy and so stunningly, delicious! I can use it on all my meats.

  • WOW WHEE!! My 6 year old wanted ribs from Applebees but it gets alittle expencive, so I found your recipe and it was AMAZING,she's decided she stay home from now on and eat in her p.j.'s, I also made the bacon scallion potatoes but I added cheese to it and toasted it on top YUM! Thanks for the GREAT and EASY recipes, tonight I'm making the veg soup, I'll let you know how it goes..

  • Oh My Goodness!!! I never thought I could made any kind of ribs... much less GREAT ribs !!! My husband is not a rib fan and he even asks for me to make these now!!!

  • They are INCREDIBLY delicious.... I make up a double batch of the sauce and freeze it.... I didn't change a thing about the recipe... only boiled the meat 60 minutes as called for... so tender... just fallin' off the bone !! Did I tell ya we think THESE RIBS ARE THE BEST ???


  • WOW...this was awesome!! These ribs are BETTER than Applebee' family begs me to make these at least once a week....they are just spectacular!!!

  • We loved them! Doubled the recipe and added more brown sugar. Definetly will make ribs this way again. When boiling ribs, added a med. onion and three crushed cloves of garlic. After ribs were done, cooled juice, skimmed off fat, and used this juice to make pea soup. (Vegetable soup would also be very good with this juice.) cd


  • This recipe is out of this world. I'm boiling the ribs right this minute and having them again tonight! I've been cooking ribs for 40 yrs. and this is the best recipe I've ever found...Thanks


  • I made them tonight. They were amazing and a big hit with the family.

  • This recipe is so good. I pair it with your spinach dip and potatoes. my family loves it.. Your site rocks!!!

  • itand we are s taste good and we love it so much


  • I loved it the sweetness & everything else was so great!

  • Simply the best ribs we have ever tasted. Allowed the ribs to marainate 24 hrs - likley increased flavour. Uzed a lil extra liquid smoke, and a bit more brown sugar; so easy and quick to make; teh marinade makes the ribs, the boiling before broiling makes them succulently tender. 12 dollars for the ribs - made 6 meals that each would likely have cost 15-$20 in a restaurant...make more than the recipe calls will be craving again and again! Awesome recipe!..the dog inhaled every morsel we gave him, as did quests.

  • My wife made these for the family for Superbowl Sunday!!!

  • I have made some of this recipes ,cream of spinach LIKE Boston Market, clam chowder LIKE Red Lobster, Italian minestrone (I had to ad tomatoes) and I used slow cooker, and all this recipes came out so great. Thank you

  • Oh, my gosh...this recipe really delivers! I've tried to make ribs before and they always turned out rubbery. These are absolutely fantastic! They literally fall off the bone and are so amazingly tender and delicious! Thanks so very much! I will be making them very soon!

  • Excellent! Made this for my 80 year old Dad and he request it often now.

  • this recipe... you can not fail anyone's belly! this is the far best recipe for ribs and anyone who tasted ribs made with this from scratch recipe always said, "wow can you give me the recipe?!?!" this is my only way of making ribs now! : )

  • Awesome recipe! I think it was far better than Applebee's. Actually I think it was the best ribs we've ever had. Thanks for the great recipe!!

  • It was fantastic. Just like Applebees. My folks loved it.

  • Absolutely terrific. I do agree that boiling first for about 2 hours makes them even better. Also, definitely boil a day in advance and them keep them basting in the sauce in the fridge overnight (large freezer bags).

  • I had a family recipe for spareribs for over 40 years. But since I made this recipe tonight I will NEVER bake the other one ever again! This rib recipe is so good and tender and so easy to make . I tried 5 tablespoons of brown sugar but found it too sweet but I think 4 tablespoons would be perfect. I emailed all my friends and family this recipe.I will make it every week .

  • BAM!!! This is the best recipe I have used in along time. I used a little more brown sugar and added a pinch of Cumin, The next time I cooked them, Thanks...

  • This recipe is a true keeper. I've never had a recipe be as dead on as this one.

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