Babyback Ribs Recipe
Need a babyback ribs recipe for Memorial Day weekend? I’ve got you covered! These Honey Apple Hot Ribs are slathered in a spicy-sweet apple buffalo sauce recipe that is truly drool-worthy.
In my family, babyback ribs are a bit of a splurge.
Not because they’re expensive. At $2-4 a pound, they are actually fairly reasonable. It’s more that they are gloriously fatty and take soooo long to cook.
…I mean the “fatty” part as a complement.
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t do a lot of slow-cooked recipes.
Primarily because I’m running around with the kids in the afternoons, or focusing on grade school homework assignments. I usually don’t think about dinner until after 5 o’clock on any given day. Although I do have a weekly meal plan, my schedule just doesn’t offer enough time for slow-roasting or simmering for hours on end.
(And I’m certainly not on top of things enough to get dinner started in the mornings. Kudos to you, if you do!)
However, summer is just around the corner. A time when our afternoons are filled with playing in the sun or relaxing. We try very hard not to schedule in the summertime. Therefore many days, I have all the time I need for slow cooking.
Summer is the time to grill, smoke, and cook up all sorts of slow-roasted meats.
The perfect time splurge on babyback ribs.
This babyback ribs recipe is very simple. Just give yourself adequate time to cook it, so the meat is tender enough to fall off the bones.
First I cut the ribs into 2-rib sections, because they are easier to serve that way, and placed them in a large roasting pan.
Then I poured Musselman’s Apple Juice and liquid smoke over the ribs and added some onions and garlic. The combination of the sweet apple flavor and pungent onions and garlic, gives the babyback ribs deep complexity.
Cover the ribs tightly to keep the heat and steam in, and slow roast for about 2 1/2 hours.
While the ribs are cooking, file your nails, play badminton in the back yard, read a few chapters of a long awaited book, and leisurely whip up the sweet and spicy apple buffalo sauce recipe.
This really could not be easier… all you need is 1 cup of cayenne hot sauce, 1 cup of Musselman’s Apple Butter, and a touch of honey and djon mustard. Whisk and done!
Once the ribs are tender enough to pull off the bone, brush those babies with the apple buffalo sauce recipe and throw them on the grill.
This is where the magic happens.
Grilling the slow-cooked ribs, slathered in honey apple hot sauce, creates a sweet, sticky, spicy crust. These ribs are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Sigh….
You would not believe the response I got on this babyback ribs recipe. I thought Lt. Dan was going to propose again.
Girlfriend did good!
This weekend I started a Guest Pinterest Board with Musselman’s Apple Butter called Summer Picnics – Think Outside the Basket.
Come check out all the fantastic summer recipes I’ve pinned there: Grilled Meats, Summer Desserts, and Picnic Table Favorites with a twist.
Also check out the amazing apple-icious summertime recipes on Musselmans.com that are great for summer barbecues and picnics like:
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Apple Glaze
Baby Back Ribs Recipe with Honey Apple Buffalo Sauce Recipe
- 2 racks baby back pork ribs
- 4 cups Musselman's Apple Juice
- 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
- 6-8 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion cut into wedges
- 1 cup cayenne pepper hot sauce like Frank's
- 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut the rib racks into 2-rib sections and lay in a large roasting pan. Place the onion and garlic around the ribs and pour the Musselman's Apple Juice and liquid smoke over the top. Generously sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cover the roasting pan tightly with foil and bake the ribs for 2 1/2 hours until the meat is fork-tender and easily pulls away from the bones.
- Meanwhile, add the cayenne pepper sauce, Musselman's Apple Butter, honey and Dijon mustard to a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
- Once the ribs are slow cooked and tender, heat the grill to medium heat. Liberally brush the ribs, on both sides, with the sauce and place on the grill. Turn and brush every 5 minutes until a nice "crust" or "bark" has formed on the surface, usually 20 minutes.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter. All apple-loving opinions are my own.
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These are finger-lickin’ GOOD!!! :)
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These ribs look divine! I love ribs :) your recipe sounds amazing!
These ribs look fantastic and the sauce sounds really great!!!
Hubby and I want to make ribs this weekend, and I was looking for some new ways to do them. This recipe might just fit the bill. He’s a spice junkie. ;)
I am loving the apple butter on these!!
Nicely done, Sommer. I had my fill of world championship ribs at Memphis in May this past weekend but I’d gladly eat more :)
This will the next rib recipe we do, looks awesome! Thanks :)
Ooh. I want so many of these right now!
Mmmm, mmmm, mm, mmm! I hope I’ve made myself clear. GREG
Yum, this sauce sounds delicious! We love baby back ribs too, but like you, they’re a very occasional treat.
I cook my ribs in a similar way, braised with liquid and then popped on the grill at the last minute. Gorgeous!
Perfect for summer BBQ season, love that sauce!
I am totally going to make these! Di you actually need the liquid smoke or will out be ok without it? Thanks!
Mentally licking the screen right now… with ZERO shame. These ribs look off-the-hook!
Sounds delish to me!
Oh yes, this slathered goodness needs to be at my Memorial Day BBQ spread!
PS – so glad I got to meet you this past weekend!! :) hope to see you soon!
Yes please. I could go for a plate of your beautiful ribs, Sommer. =)
Holy cow I want these so dang much right now!
I have never actually tried grilling ribs, always baked them. These look fabulous!
Gorgeous! I usually save the rib consumption for eating out, but you make this seem too easy… !
Great recipe-I love the smoky flavors. I would be pretty popular with my husband if I made these! :)
Love those sweet, savory, smoky flavors!
I will take a dozen please!!!
I’ve been looking for a great ribs recipe and I think I found it!
My toast and pesto eggs do not look nearly as good anymore. I need these ribs!
LOL – I love all of the eaten ribs. I bet they were incredible. I think I can smell them from here.
I shied away from ribs for years due to the time consuming component…but once I caved and made them I realized that they are actually quite easy and worth every moment they take!
I actually cook mine on the grill but with your process; simply heating one side of the grill and putting the pan on the side with the heating elements off. Keeps the house cool in the summer and allows me easy access to test and taste them! These sound so good; I’m checking the cabinets asap for some Musselmans!
These look wonderful, Sommer! And I love your Kitchenthusiast lamb tagine post :)
Babyback ribs are one of my boys’ favorite things ever and this barbecue sauce sounds out of this world!
My husband will FLIP! These look amazing – definitely the perfect summer rib recipe!
Fantastic, and I agree, perfect for Memorial Day weekend Sommer!
Those are some really good looking ribs and that sauce sounds so tasty!
Josh will love these!
Thanks for providing the recipe I’ll be making for my husband’s birthday! ;-D I know he’ll love this!
Oh wow, Sommer! I love the spicy-sweet flavor of your ribs in this recipe. They look SO mouthwatering, and this is coming from a Texas girl!
What fabulous flavors here!
I adore some good babyback ribs! That apple butter sauce sounds absolutely perfect!
These look insanely amazing. That picture of them on the grill is greatness. :)
You sure know how to make ribs! These look so amazing and I love the apple twist!
Using apple butter in the sauce is basically genius!!!
Holy yum!!! These look and sound insane!! I mean, wow. That sauce on the sounds incredible!
Wicked ribs recipe, Sommer! Love Musselman’s products. Isn’t it great when our men get all romantic and say they’d marry us all over again…over food? LOVE THAT! Pinning… xo
These ribs are so ridiculously amazing!!!