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Pork Ribs with Apple Butter Bourbon Sauce

Mary's Kitchen Crush - "Celebrating Dad"

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Pork Ribs

  • 2 racks baby back ribs (about 2kg)
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10g) dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) garlic powder

Apple Butter Bourbon Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) olive oil
  • ½ small yellow onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) bourbon
  • ¾ cup (170g) apple butter
  • ¼ cup (60ml) ketchup
  • ¼ cup (55g) Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup (60ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1g) cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon (3g) freshly ground black pepper


Pork Ribs

  1. Heat oven to 350F (176C).
  2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and fit sheet with a roasting rack; set aside.
  3. Remove the silver skin from the underside of the ribs by inserting a paring knife under silver skin and pulling it away from ribs; set aside.
  4. Mix together brown sugar, mustard powder, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  5. Rub both sides of ribs with spice mixture. Transfer to prepared sheet.
  6. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until ribs are tender, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  7. Heat broiler to high.
  8. Broil ribs in centre of oven until slightly charred, about 10 minutes, flipping halfway.
  9. Baste and flip repeatedly until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
  10. Set ribs aside to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
  11. Serve with remaining sauce.

Apple Butter Bourbon Sauce

  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add bourbon, stirring until absorbed followed by apple butter, ketchup, Dijon, vinegar, Worcestershire, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  6. Simmer for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.