Blue ribbon barbecue ribs
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- two slabs family-style ribs or baby back ribs
- 3/4 cup rib rub number 99, recipe follows
- 1/4 cup sugar in the raw
- 1/2 cup honey
- cayenne pepper as needed
- 2/3 cup apple juice
- 2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce
1at least a half hour and up to four hours before you plan to cook the ribs, peeled and membrane off the back of the ribs and trim any excess of fat. In a small bowl, mix the rib rub and sugar. Season the ribs liberally on both sides with the rib mixture. Refrigerate.
2Prepare the grill for cooking over indirect heat at 300° using apple or cherry wood for flavor. Place the ribs directly on the cooking grate, meaty side up. Cook for one hour. Flip and cook for another 30 minutes. Flip again and cook until they are nicely caramelized and Golden Brown, about another 30 minutes but may vary depending on your grill. Transfer to a platter.
3Lay out two big double layered sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil, each long enough to wrap whole slab of the ribs. Transfer the ribs to the foil, meaty side up. Drizzle half of the honey on each side. Dust each slab with cayenne pepper. Fold the foil up around the ribs into a packet. Before sealing add half of the Apple juice to the bottom of each packet. Seal the packets bubbly, being careful not to puncture the foil with the rib bones. Return to the grill for 45 minutes to one hour to reach your desired degree of tenderness. The best way to determine the doneness is to open the foil after 45 minutes and feel the texture of the meat. It should be very tender.
4Transfer the foil packets to a platter. Raise the temperature of the grill to 400°. Remove the ribs from the foil and return to the cooking grate. Divide the barbecue sauce equally between two bowls, one for brushing on the ribs as they grill and one for serving at the table. Brush the ribs with the sauce and flip. Brush the other side and cook for five minutes. Flip again, brush, and cook for five minutes. Discard the sauce that you've been brushing with. Remove the ribs to a platter. Serve one half slab to each guest with a second bowl of sauce on the side. Serves four.
5rib rub number 99:
3/4 cup sugar in the raw
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup paprika
2 tablespoons finely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Makes about 1 1/2 cups