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All-American Baby Back Ribs Recipe For Your Summer Holiday Celebration – Or Any Time!

This barbecue showstopper is bound to spark oohs and aahs

Backyard barbecues and fireworks are synonymous with 4th of July. And while watching the fireworks is a festive way to cap off the day, for me the ribs are always the star of the show. And this All-American Baby Back Ribs recipe is definitely one for the record books. The ribs grill up fall-off-the-bone tender and juicy – and the flavor is off the charts!!

We give the racks a double dose of smoky goodness. A brown sugar rub forms a sticky-sweet coating during cooking. Then, our easy 5-ingredient barbecue sauce comes together in minutes. We give it a boozy kick with Applejack brandy, but you can sub in apple juice for a non-alcoholic version. Bush it on at the end of cooking, so it creates a delicious glaze, and serve the remaining sauce with the ribs. Cook up a batch yourself and let us know what you think. Do you have a favorite ribs recipe?


8 Servings

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  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ½ cup Applejack
  • 1/3 cup steak sauce
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbs. light brown sugar
  • 3 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 racks pork baby back ribs (5-6 lbs.)



In pot, stir together ketchup, apple jack, steak sauce, ¼ cup brown sugar and 1½ tsp. smoked paprika. Over high heat, bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced slightly and thickened, about 15 min. Transfer to heatproof bowl. Let cool. Transfer 2/3 cup to small bowl; reserve.

Meanwhile, prepare grill for medium-low indirect-heat cooking. Combine remaining 2 Tbs. brown sugar, 1½ tsp. smoked paprika and ¼ tsp. salt. Rub over both sides of ribs. Grill, covered, and flipping occasionally, until tender, about 2 hrs., brushing several times with reserved 2/3 cup sauce during last 20 min. of cooking time. Cut into sections. Serve ribs with remaining sauce.


  • Calories: 519
  • Fat: 31 gram
  • Saturated Fat: 11 gram
  • Protein: 34 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 24 gram
  • Fiber: 0 gram
  • Cholesterol: 122 mg
  • Sugar: 20 gram
  • Sodium: 708 gram

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