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Tender BBQ Pork Ribs
This is an excellent dish for a barbecue party. Make the ribs in advance,
and when your guests have arrived, all that's left is to grill them.
You'll have them wondering how they got so tender and tasty so fast.

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Recipe Created By: Robbie
4 - 6
Prep. Time: 3:30

3 - 5 lbs. pork spare ribs OR baby back ribs
salt water - as needed
1 med. onion - chopped
4 cloves garlic - chopped
1/2 cup butter OR margarine
1 cup water
1 cup ketchup
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar OR molasses
1 lemon - juice of
1 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbls. seasoned salt
1 tsp. liquid smoke OR 1/2 tsp. hickory smoke powder (see Notes, below)
salt and pepper - to taste

Ingredients at Firehouse Pantry

Place ribs in a large pot, cover with salted water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender, but not falling off the bone; drain and place ribs in a sealable dish; set aside.
-In a saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion and garlic in butter until the onion is tender, about 3 minutes; remove from heat and pour into a blender.
-Add remaining ingredients to blender and puree for 1 minute, then pour back into the saucepan.
-Bring contents of the pan to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally; remove from heat.
-Pour sauce over ribs, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
-Grill ribs over moderately hot coals or a medium-high flame, basting with the sauce and turning often, until well browned.

Notes: Liquid Smoke and Smoke Powder is a natural flavoring used to add a smoky flavor to foods. The product is produced by burning hardwood chips and condensing the smoke into a liquid form (and dehydrating it to make the powder). It is readily available in the U.S. in the spice or condiment aisle of a grocery store. There is no substitute for this ingredient; if you don't have it, simply omit it.

Make It A Meal: Serve accompanied by Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes and Bacon-Wrapped Garlic Asparagus

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(16) Visitor Comments:

  • They were very tender and my family thought they were good so I would make it again.

  • Yummy!! My boyfriend and I loved this homemade sauce!!

  • I used boneless country ribs. It turned out wonderful!

  • I discovered this recipe last summer and I have made baby backs with this recipe about 6 or 7 times already! They always come out great. Sometimes and I'll tweak the amount of garlic or bbq sauce to ketchup ratio to get a different variation. You can't go wrong!

  • great ribs - I used baby back and they were so tender - now I am known as the Rib Man - thanks Robbie!

  • I tried this recipe for my pork ribs and everybody told me they had never tasted ribs that tender and juicy ...even more tender than the ones served at the restaurant. Thanks a million!

  • You hear all the time "you can't have good BBQ Ribs if you boil them". Well let me tell you, those critics never tasted this recipe for boiled ribs!! It's a great recipe that I've used for Memorial Day the last 3 years. The family and friends love them!

  • I have tried this recipe and became hooked on it, cannot stop eating them :) Even my brotherinlaw (who's a very good grill cook) was left wondering how did I get these ribs so good. (I did gave'm the recipe after some teasing though).

  • those were the best ribs I have had yet. so easy to make. I've sent this recipe to all my friends!

  • I have tried alot of different ways to do my ribs but nothing as good as this method. Tender,moist and full of favor. All my friends beg for this recipe.

  • I allways wondered how people made ribs so tenderand tasty. I could never do that untill I tried this cooking method and recipe. Awesome, Gene Moore

  • Did a rib recipe search and after reading through several recipes, decided to try this one. They turned out great! Variations: doubled the garlic & used a sweet onion. The ribs were a hit > I am requested to repeat. Many thanks!

  • This has to be the best for ribs!!!My hubby was not a rib fan until he had this recipe. And even the kids gobbled it all up. I set aside sauce for the kids and then some for the "adults" and add abit more spice for us who like it hot. Thanks for the great site..and recipe

  • Wow These were awesome. I have made several times and now cannot go to a family get together without them being requested. Thanks!!!

  • Our first time out making ribs at home and they were so tender and delicious. Our children, even our pickiest eater, loved them.

  • The best ribs I've ever had outside of a restaurant. The meat fell off the bones! Very flavourful!!

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