• 69 Ratings

Wrapped in foil, the spiced ribs oven-cook in intense heat; the foil locks in their moisture for supremely tender results. On with the sauce and over to the grill, and they're ready.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Season ribs with chili powder, salt, and pepper. Stack slabs on a double layer of aluminum foil; wrap tightly. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Cook until meat is fork-tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

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  • Meanwhile, make barbecue sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire, cayenne, and desired variation (see below). Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thick, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  • Heat grill to medium-high; lightly oil grates. Carefully remove ribs from foil, pouring off any accumulated liquid. Brush ribs generously with sauce; grill until charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with extra sauce, if desired.

Cook's Notes

The base of our 3 sauces is made with ketchup, vinegar, onion, garlic, and cayenne. Add one of the variations for a sweet, spicy, or smoky sauce.

Variations

Kansas City Style

In step 2, stir in 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar, 2 tablespoons molasses, and 1 tablespoon yellow mustard.

Memphis Style
In step 2, stir in 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce (such as Tabasco) and 1/4 cup sugar.

Dallas Style
In step 2, stir in 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle in adobo sauce and 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.

Reviews

69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 26
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 3