Apple Butter BBQ Ribs

Although Fall is here and many don’t BBQ during this season, I was born and raised in Texas, we eat BBQ all year round! Any kind of meat and we’re barbecuing it!

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So today I thought I’d share my Apple Butter BBQ Ribs recipe. First, of course, you’ll need to buy a rack of ribs from your grocery store.  I opted to get pork loin ribs, because they were cheaper.

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The first thing is to remove the membrane from the back of the ribs (optional). Some people do it, others don’t. I prefer to remove the membrane which is located on the bone side of the ribs. The thick latex-like membrane is part of the pulmonary pleura, a layer that encloses the lung cavity in both hogs and humans. Contrary to myth, it is highly porous and smoke can easily pass through it. Ditto for rubs.

I usually take a paper towel and remove it that way it’s easier for me to grip.

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I also trim the fat off the meat side of the ribs as well.  Then I start my spice rub. I always make my own, however some people like to buy an already made spice rub mix from their grocery store. I also make a quick one and it also varies here and there but I mainly put: brown sugar, smoke paprika, garlic powder, Herbs de Provence, salt, liquid smoke (hickory) etc.

You can let this marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. I usually let it marinate in the fridge for a bit while I make the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce. Apple Butter is basically applesauce that’s been slowly cooked or baked for a few hours. I never heard of it until a few years ago when my mom stated she would eat it all the time as a child. Now I eat it on toast and I incorporated into my home BBQ sauce recipe and it tastes AMAZING!

Everyone makes it different but CLICK HERE to find varies Apple Butter recipes.

APPLE BUTTER BBQ SAUCE

  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw clover honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Apple Butter
  • 2-3 teaspoons of smoked sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of liquid smoke

**Combine all in a small sauce pan on medium high heat until starts to bubble a bit then lower the heat. Cook on low for about 30-40 minutes or until thickened.

Now it’s time to cook the ribs! I cooked mines in the oven. You need to preheat your oven to 300F. I added some rosemary to my ribs to add a bit of flavor.

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I used an aliminum pan and placed the ribs meat side down and cooked for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.  I than slathered on the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce and let it cook for another 30-40 minutes.

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Now enjoy you the best tender ribs ever!

 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. That looks really good, glossy and juicy!

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    1. Trust me it tastes just as good as it looks ((drooling)) lol

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      1. Ooh I don’t doubt that. Always want to try BBQ ribs, but get put off by the cooking time 😛

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  2. Such good looking/licking ribs! Drooling here… 🙂

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    1. We’re all drooling 😂

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