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Baby Back Ribs With Spiced Apple-Cider Mop

If you like your ribs a little crispy on the outside, grill them, meat-side down, over Direct Medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes before finishing them over Indirect Medium heat. Don't expect leftovers.

Type: Pork
Courses: Main Course
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

  For The Mop
2 cups 474mlApple cider
1/4 cup 23g / 0.8ozMinced shallots
1 tablespoon 15mlMinced seeded jalapeño
1/4 cup 59mlKetchup
2 tablespoons 30mlWhite wine vinegar
2 tablespoons 30mlTomato paste
1 tablespoon 15mlDark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlKosher salt
1/4 teaspoon 1.3mlFreshly-ground black pepper
  For The Ribs
2   Slabs baby back pork ribs - (to 3) - abt 4 lbs total
  Kosher salt - to taste
  Freshly-ground black pepper - to taste

Recipe Instructions

To make the Mop: In a small saucepan combine the apple cider, shallots, and jalapeño. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat until about 1 cup of the liquid remains, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the remaining mop ingredients, bring to a boil, and remove from the heat. (The mop may be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.)

Allow the ribs to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. Season with salt and pepper. Grill, rib-side down, over Indirect Medium heat until the meat is very tender and has pulled back from the ends of the bones, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Baste the ribs frequently with the mop throughout grilling time, but stop basting during the last 10 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into individual ribs. Serve warm.


Wine Recommendation: A Gewürztraminer from Alsace will have the complexity and flavor intensity to complement the mop and more than enough body for the sweet grilled rib meat.

Beer Recommendation: A fruit-infused Belgian-style beer made with raspberries, cranberries, or peaches will make a salad with the marinade while its acidic finish cuts through the sweetness.

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