Rick Zywotko's Great Barbecue Sauce and World-Fam

Rick Zywotko's Great Barbecue Sauce And World-fam

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The full title for this recipe is Rick Zywotko's Great Barbecue Sauce and World-Famous Ribs. In April of 1985, Rick Zywotko entered these ribs in a barbecue contest in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he won with this recipe. Most of the cooking time is inside, just a bit on the outside grill. Although not mentioned in the original recipe, I always pull that tough membrane off the back of my ribs before cooking them. But that is optional.


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15 Min
1 Hr 10 Min


  • 6-8 lb
    pork spareribs
  • 2
    cooking apples, unpeeled and halved
  • 3-4 clove
    garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 12 oz
  • 1 c
    cider vinegar
  • 1 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 8 oz
    can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 c
    firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c
    white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    dry mustard

How to Make Rick Zywotko's Great Barbecue Sauce and World-Fam


  1. Place the spare ribs in a Dutch oven; add the apple halves, garlic, beer, and cider vinegar. Add water to cover. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer for 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. Drain, discarding the apple halves and garlic.
  2. Combine the onion and the remaining ingredients in a saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes.
  3. Place ribs on a large roasting pan or plate (to carry them to the grill). Baste the ribs with the sauce. Grill, covered, over medium-hot coals on a grill (around 350 to 400 degrees), about 10 minutes, turning occasionally and basting frequently with the sauce.

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About Rick Zywotko's Great Barbecue Sauce and World-Fam

Course/Dish: Ribs
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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