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Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce

Nothing says summer than a perfectly seasoned rack of ribs on the grill. These Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth good. Try this sauce on grilled chicken too.

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Are you ready for grilling weather? I certainly am and these Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce should go on your “to make” list ASAP! Now some people are going to read this post and not agree with me; however, I’m not particularly fond of rubs or slow cooking ribs on the grill. To me they always taste dried out.

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When I grill ribs or bone in chicken breasts, I always simmer them first in a big pot of water until they’re cooked through.  The meat comes out so tender and juicy this way, all you need to do is slather on your favorite sauce before throwing them on the fire. Many times, I’ll just cook these right in the oven so you don’t have a messy grill cleanup.

 

I purchased 2 racks or about 6 lbs. of St. Louis Style Spareribs. You can also use Baby Back Ribs, it’s just what my local store had.

Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce

Here is how you prepare them:

  • Cut each rack in half through the middle
  • Place half racks into a large stockpot and fill with water (if you don’t have a really large one, use 2 pots). Ribs must be submerged in the water.
  • Bring the pot to a boil; then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours. Add extra water to cover ribs if it evaporates.
  • Remove the ribs from the water. If you’re not grilling the ribs right away, allow them to cool, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready. Can be prepared the day before.

Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce

Next, it’s time to make the Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce. I’ve made a couple of bbq sauces before like Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce  and Honey Maple BBQ Sauce, but I think this one is my new favorite. It’s so simple to make your own sauce versus buying store bought and only takes about 10 minutes to make.

For this recipe I used ketchup (Heinz of course), light brown sugar, pure maple syrup, garlic powder and whiskey. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a boil; then allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. As it cools it gets thicker so just refrigerate until ready to use. You can make this up to 2 days ahead.

Nothing says summer than a perfectly seasoned rack of ribs on the grill. These Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth good. Try this sauce on grilled chicken too.

This recipe for Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce was so flavorful and the meat just fell off the bone. I chose to bake these in the oven because I haven’t had time to clean up the mess on my deck from this brutal winter and it only took about 15-20 minutes. Once the ribs are cooked, cut through them into individual ribs like shown above or serve as a half rack.

My family REALLY enjoyed these ribs so I know I’ll be making them again this summer; though maybe I’ll try it next time with some chicken thighs or boneless chicken breasts…YUM! ~Enjoy!

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Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 
Nothing says summer than a perfectly seasoned rack of ribs on the grill. These Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth good. Try this sauce with chicken too!
Course: Main Entree
Servings: 8
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • For the Ribs
  • 2 Racks Ribs St. Louis Style or Baby Back, approx. 6lbs
  • Prepared Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce
  • For the Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 c . Ketchup
  • 1/4 c . Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c . Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 c . Whiskey
  • 1/2 tsp . Garlic Powder
Instructions
  1. For the Ribs
  2. Cut each rack in half through the middle
  3. Place half racks into a large stockpot and fill with water (if you don't have a really large one, use 2 pots). Ribs must be submerged in the water.
  4. Bring the pot to a boil; then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours. Add extra water to cover ribs if it evaporates.
  5. Remove the ribs from the water. If you're not grilling the ribs right away, allow them to cool, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready. Can be prepared the day before.
  6. For the Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce
  7. Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan, bring to a boil; then allow to simmer for about 5 minutes. As it cools it gets thicker so just refrigerate until ready to use. You can make this up to 2 days ahead.

 

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Nothing says summer than a perfectly seasoned rack of ribs on the grill. These Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth good. Try this sauce on grilled chicken too.

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