BBQ Pork Spareribs

Smoked BBQ Ribs
Serves 2

1 rack pork spare ribs, cut in half

For the Rub:
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seed
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp ground mustard (or, mustard seed)
1 Tbsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the barbecue sauce:
3/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup deli mustard
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp sweet molasses
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoons paprika

1. Place all of the dry rub ingredients (except the ribs) in a medium bowl and stir to combine; set aside
2. Rinse the rack of ribs and dry with paper towels. Remove the silver skin attached to the underside of the ribs
3. Evenly coat both sides of the ribs with a light layer of cooking spray. Add the spice rub, and work into the meat on top and bottom of the racks
4. Place on a rimmed sheet pan and cover with plastic wrap. Marinate, refrigerated, for 2-24 hours
5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove ribs from refrigeration and allow to warm to room temperature while oven is preheating (20 minute minimum)
6. Cut sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil at least six inches longer than the racks of ribs. Lay the ribs, bone side down, on the foil. Fold the ends in, over the ribs. Then bring the two sides up and together, folding, to create a tight seal
7. Place the rack in the middle of the oven and cook, undisturbed for at least two and a half hours. Meanwhile, make the sauce

Creating the Barbecue Sauce:
1. Place all of the ingredients, except the bourbon, in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking frequently
2. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, whisking occasionally, until the flavors have blended and the sauce has reduced to about 1 cup (about 30 minutes).
3. Add the bourbon; flambé (watch the eyebrows!), then stir in to mix. Simmer another 5 minutes
4. Remove from the heat and set aside until ready to grill

To Grill the Ribs:
1. Heat a grill(s) or stove top griddle pan to medium high heat (400°F)
2. Remove the ribs from the foil, and cut into half rack portions, if needed
3. Place them meaty-side down on the grill, and brush them with some of the sauce. Meanwhile, you are getting nice grill marks on the meaty side. Cook about 3 minutes
4. Flip the racks over and brush liberally with sauce, allowing it to build up with each new application. Spend about 5 minutes building up a thick glaze on top. (There will be smoke as the glaze drips onto the grill(s) or griddle(s)
5. Loosely tent the ribs, or if grilling, shut the lid. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat, leaving the tent in place for 10 more minutes
6. Remove the tent, and serve. Transfer any unused barbecue sauce to a serving bowl and serve with the ribs

Baby Back Ribs Being SaucedWe sometimes bake the ribs at 350 F for 1 1/2 hours, then reduce the heat to 250 F for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Ten minutes before serving, open up the foil, liberally coat the ribs with sauce and place under the broiler just until it begins to bubble (about 8 minutes on center rack). The meat literally falls off the bones!

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