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RECIPE FOR RIBS WITH MAPLE BACON BARBECUE SAUCE

BY: ANDREA ALDEN & ORIGINALLY POSTED ON NAPOLEON.COM

This recipe for Ribs with Maple Bacon Barbecue Sauce one of my favorite Ted Reader recipes ever. Succulent pork ribs slathered in a sweet and smoky barbecue sauce are the perfect way to usher in summer and celebrate the May-Two-Four, also known as Victoria Day. Perfect for any time you want barbecue, these ribs are ideal when served with favorites like potato salad and cornbread. These ribs, unlike many recipes on the barbecue, are braised first. That is when you cook something low and slow in liquid – in this case, apple juice. The downside to this is that the ribs will be fall-apart delicious when you remove them from the braising liquid. That meant, for me, that I didn’t have whole racks of beautiful ribs to toss onto the barbecue. Instead, and possibly for the better, I had a few separate, smaller, racks to cook. Which means, I didn’t eat take a whole rack of these amazing ribs for myself. 

PREP TIME

25 Min

COOK TIME

4 Hrs

FEEDS

4

INGREDIENTS

2 racks
back ribs
1 tbsp.
kosher salt
½ tbsp.dehydrated garlic
2 tbsp.brown sugar
3 cupsapple juice
Maple Bacon BBQ Sauce:

8 slices
bacon, diced
6 cloves
garlic, minced
1
onion, diced
1½ cupsketchup
1 cupapplesauce
½ cup
maple syrup
¼ cupcider vinegar
2 tbsp.Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp.Dijon mustard
Salt to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Prepare the ribs by removing the silver skin off the back. In a small bowl, combine the salt, dehydrated garlic, and brown sugar. Season the ribs thoroughly on both sides. Allow the ribs to sit on a rack over a baking sheet for at least 30 mins.  

2. Preheat the oven to 325°F and place the ribs into a baking or roasting dish with a lid. Pour the apple juice over the ribs until they are mostly covered. Cover the dish and braise for 2 hours. Check, periodically, to make sure that the juice hasn’t completely evaporated.

3. While the ribs are braising, make the sauce. Fry up the bacon over medium heat until it’s about half cooked. Drain off most of the grease, reserving some to fry the onions and garlic. Add the onions, cooking until they are cooked through and golden, add the garlic, cooking for another minute or two. 

4. Add the ketchup, applesauce, maple syrup, vinegar, Worcestershire and mustard. Bring to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Taste and season to your preference. Optionally, use an immersion blender to make the sauce smooth. 

5. When the ribs are done braising, remove them from the oven and carefully take them out of the braising dish (This is where mine broke). Allow them to dry and cool while you prepare the barbecue. Turn the burners up to high and preheat the grill for some direct searing. 

6. Sear the ribs, meat-side-down, while you brush the backs with sauce. Flip and brush the fronts with sauce, letting the backs caramelize a little. Flip again and brush with sauce. Repeat until you have a thick coating of the best barbecue sauce ever. 

7. Serve hot along with any extra sauce and your favorite barbecue side dishes.

This recipe for Ribs with Maple Bacon Barbecue Sauce is a fun and easy way to make the most heavenly ribs ever. There’s nothing like homemade barbecue sauce, especially one that combines salty-smoky and sweet.

Gather the ingredients

Season the ribs well

While the ribs are braising, make the sauce

Sear, meat side down

Brush thoroughly with the Maple Bacon Sauce

Make sure to caramelize that sauce well

Serve hot, with extra sauce

Don't forget your favorite BBQ side dishes too

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