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Ribs with a Kick Recipe

Ribs with a Kick Recipe

The meat just falls off the bones of these slowly grilled spareribs. My mom created the delicious sauce, tweaking it until it suited my dad's taste to a T. I have to agree with him that these ribs are the best I've ever had.—Desiree Whittaker, Rathdrum, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Grill: 2 hours 5 min. YIELD:5-6 servings


  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup spicy ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 to 6 pounds pork baby back ribs


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in butter until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the brown sugar, water, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Liquid Smoke if desired, mustard, chili powder, paprika and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10-12 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the salt, onion salt, garlic salt and pepper; sprinkle over ribs.
  • 3. Grill ribs, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-3/4 hours or until tender.
  • 4. Set aside 1 cup barbecue sauce for serving. Brush some of the remaining sauce over ribs; cook 20 minutes longer, turning ribs occasionally and basting with sauce. Serve with reserved sauce. Yield: 5-6 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Heinz Hot & Spicy Kick'rs ketchup.

Nutritional Facts

1 pound: 889 calories, 55g fat (21g saturated fat), 214mg cholesterol, 1524mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 43g protein.

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 61736
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"This recipe turned out great. I used regular ketchup since I didn't have any spicy ketchup on hand. Also used pork ribs and not the baby backs."

tnbsmith User ID: 2257184 206584
Reviewed May. 25, 2011

"For several years I have not been able to make ribbs or chicken without the family wanting this sauce."

sportsmom2200 User ID: 5978820 125250
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"The sauce is absolutely delicious! When I make it, I usually double the recipe and use it for when I grill chicken. The only thing I do different is bake my ribs in a pan tightly covered with aluminum foil at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours and then grill them for 20 minutes basting with the sauce. They are fall-off-the-bone delicious!"

penny38_1999 User ID: 1518393 206583
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"I got this recipe from this taste of home subscription I get every 2 months. The first time I tried this recipe, myself and the crowd I made them for was crazy over them. They were eaten instantly with regret there wasnt more to share. I make this for lots of occassions and there isnt one rib left ever. I would reccommend this with out a doubt. I only change a couple of things to work better for me. I use chili sauce in place of the ketchup to tone down the kick a bit. I also cook the ribs first in a electric roaster on low untl the ribs fall off the bone, then I let them cool. I place them on Tinfoil, then dump the sauce over the ribs, wrap them up and put them on the grill for about 10 mins a side. Finger licking good. thank so much for sharing this recipe. I also freeze very well this way for occassions down the road. They take awhile to make. So do them again and freeze them"

krystaljoy User ID: 4390151 145372
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"love love love this sauce!"

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