Country-Style Ribs with Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce – Game Day Grilling Series

The end of summer brings out a variety of emotions: sadness that vacation season is over, anxiety as another school year begins, and pure exhilaration as the best game ever created gets underway – it’s football season baby! To get your weekend menus planned out for the next 18 weeks of pure joy, here is the Game Day Grilling Series. The series continues with Country-Style Ribs with Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, featuring rich smoky flavor, a spice rub, and a hot and sweet hot glaze. These ribs are savory and addicting, perfect for any rabid fan on game day.

Country-style pork ribs are cut from the blade end of the loin close to the pork shoulder, are meatier than other rib cuts, contain no rib bones, but instead contain parts of the shoulder blade (scapula). The spice rub is a combination of brown sugar, sweet paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and ginger. The Apple-Bourbon Barbecue sauce tames the boldness of bourbon with butter, onion, shredded Granny Smith apple, and smoky Kansas City-style barbecue sauce. Grilling over medium-high heat with the wood chips of your choosing adds a smoky depth of flavor that ties it all together. So as your alma mater’s fight song begins to sound, proudly march, revel, and feast with the Game Day Grilling Series.

Serves: 6

Country-Style Ribs with Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hickory, apple or maple wood chips
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 4 pounds meaty country-style pork ribs (about 6 ribs total)

Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and coarsely shredded
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 2 cups store-bought smoky Kansas City–style barbecue sauce

Country-Style Ribs with Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Directions

  1. Light a gas grill. Wrap the wood chips in heavy-duty foil, pierce the packet all over with a skewer and add to the grill. Cover and let the chips begin to smoke, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon and ginger. Rub the spice mixture all over the ribs and let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Grill the ribs, covered, over moderately high heat for 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are lightly charred and cooked through. Brush the ribs liberally with some of the barbecue sauce and grill, turning once, until nicely glazed, about 5 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a platter and serve, passing more of the barbecue sauce on the side.

Apple-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the apple and cook until the moisture has evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the bourbon and cook until nearly evaporated, about 3 minutes. Stir in the sauce and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes. Use or refrigerate for up to 1 month.

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