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Finger-Lickin' Good Baby Back Ribs with
Jack Witherspoon's Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Serves 4


























Rib Ingredients:
  • 3 to 4 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1 lemon, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water


Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light agave nectar 
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika 
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tiger Sauce
  • ½ cup chile sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


Steps:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.

  2. Trim and discard the excess fat from the ribs, then arrange them in a single layer in a large roasting pan. Pour in the water. Distribute the lemon and onion slices evenly over the meat. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1½ hours or until the meat is just tender, but not falling off the bone.

  3. Meanwhile, make the barbecue sauce. In a small, heavy saucepan, combine all the ingredients and stir to blend. Bring to a simmer over low heat and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened. Cook for at least 1 hour to fully develop the flavors.

  4. About 30 minutes before the ribs are done, prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to high. 

  5. Remove the ribs from the oven and let them cool to the touch. Cut the ribs into serving-size pieces (4 to 6 ribs) and place them on a platter. Using tongs, grill the ribs for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Brush with the barbecue sauce and grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side again. Remove from the grill and brush with more sauce if desired. Serve with individual bowls of sauce for dipping.


Get more of Jack's recipes by ordering a copy of his cookbook, "Twist It Up," at www.chefjackwitherspoon.com.


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