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Sweet BBQ Grilled Ribs

Growing up in the country, grilling was a way of life.  We didn’t have air conditioning in our home, so the kitchen was almost never used in the summer.

Every family had their list of “secret” recipes and concoctions for sauces and brines. Some were more closely guarded than others. Here is one for ribs that never failed to bring the neighbors over for just a little “taste.”  We didn’t have a lot of money, so aside from tasting great, this recipe is cheap!


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2T dark molasses
  • 1T vinegar
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 5T Worcestershire Sauce

Combine ingredients and bring to boil – while stirring. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-30 minutes


Note: The secret to these ribs is to cook them slowly over a low heat, and keep spritzing them with apple juice.  I use one of those plastic spray bottles you can get at the grocery store for mixing your own cleaning products.  (Just make sure it didn’t actually have any cleaning products in it before you used it on your ribs.)

Select a rack of pork ribs that have a good amount of meat on them.  Often supermarket butchers will trim them VERY close, and leave a small bone to meat ratio.

Peel the “skin” off the bone side of the ribs.  It should come off in one sheet.

Pre-heat your grill to its highest setting.  (at least 500 degrees)

Brush the BBQ sauce over both sides of the ribs, and place on grill rack.  Sear the ribs for about 5-minutes per side.

Now turn the grill down to its LOWEST setting.

Brush both sides of the ribs with the BBQ sauce again, and let rest for 15-minutes.

Every 15-minutes or so, spray the ribs with the apple juice to keep them moist.

Leave on the grill for 60-90 minutes (The internal temperature should be well above 200-degrees)

Remove from the grill, and let rest for 20-minutes.