Monday, June 20, 2011

Applesauced BBQ Ribs

Apples and pork are a regular pairing at my house.  I like to make my pork roasts with apple juice, my pork chops with sauteed apples covered in an apple brown gravy and now my ribs rubbed in spicy applesauce.  And boy oh boy were these puppies flavorful!  What a wonderful idea from an old friend (hats off to you Dave and this wonderful suggestion).  See, like I always say, inspiration can really come from anywhere ;)

3 1/2 lb. rack of baby back ribs
1 cup of cinnamon applesauce
1/4 tsp. of ground mustard
1/8 tsp. of ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. of ground cayenne pepper
BBQ sauce of your liking for basting

-In a small bowl, combine the applesauce and the spices.  Cut your ribs into 2 rib slices, place in a stockpot and boil for 15-20 minutes or so.  Remove from pot and place in a large baking dish.  Rub applesauce mixture over them, remove from the pan and toss onto the top rack of a preheated grill at low-medium heat (indirect heating is the best method for them).  After about 10 minutes begin basting them with BBQ sauce and continue basting and flipping them for the remainder of the grilling-somewhere between 30-40 minutes.  Serves 4.  Enjoy!

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