Apple Cider Baby Back Ribs

Inspired by LongHorn Steakhouse's Fall Chef's Showcase Apple Cider Baby Back Ribs Baby back ribs slow-roasted for four hours for flavor and fall-off-the-bone tenderness, then fire-grilled and basted with our house-made apple cider BBQ sauce.

Photo by Martha H.

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Ingredients

  • 2

    tablespoons of canola oil

  • 2

    cups of BBQ sauce of your choice

  • 1

    cup plus 2 oz. of apple cider / apple cider beer

  • 2

    oz. of apple liqueur (optional)

  • 1

    dash of ground cinnamon

  • 1

    tablespoon of finely chopped garlic

  • 2

    tablespoons of finely chopped onion

  • 2

    tablespoons of salt

  • 2

    tablespoons of pepper

  • 1

    tablespoon of garlic powder

  • 1

    tablespoon of onion powder

Directions

You can find prepared and cut racks of ribs at your local butcher or grocery store. If you have a full rack of ribs, we suggest you cut them in half if you're cooking in an oven in your home kitchen or on a typical gas grill. • Season ribs with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. • Lay ribs meat-side down on a baking sheet with an elevated edge. Pour 1 cup of apple cider into the bottom of the pan. Cover the sheet pan completely in aluminum foil. • Bake in 325-degree oven for approx. 2 ½ hours or until meat is tender enough to be pulled from the bone. • Combine BBQ sauce, 2 oz. apple cider beer, apple liqueur, garlic and onion in a medium-sized bowl and mix. • Apply canola oil to char-grill and heat to medium-high. • Place ribs on grill meat-side up and baste with BBQ sauce. • Grill for approx. 3 minutes. • Flip so meat-side is down, and grill for 3 minutes. Apply BBQ sauce to the back of the ribs. • Grill ribs until BBQ sauce has started to caramelize and meat has started to get crisp edges. • Let ribs rest for 5 minutes then brush with BBQ sauce before cutting them into 1 and 2-bone pieces. Serve with remaining BBQ sauce on the side for dipping.

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