BBQ Pork Ribs

Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it’s time to start firing up the grill!  Today I’m going to share with you our favorite way to make BBQ Pork Ribs.  Now, for my Weight Watchers friends, I must say – “This is NOT something we eat often!”  It really is like a special treat to us, something we fix for special occasions.  I save up my weekly points when I know we’re going to be having ribs!

These ribs are super delicious.  The beefed up barbecue sauce is wicked good and the ribs will just fall off the bone when you prepare them this way.  It takes some time, so you do have to plan ahead, but trust me…it’s SO worth it!

To get started, you need to place your ribs in a large pot and cover them with water.  Place a lid on the pot and bring them to a boil.

Now, turn the heat down to low and cook, covered, for one hour. 

At this point, the meat will look plain gross.  But, don’t give up!

Now, let’s make our barbecue sauce.  I just use a bottle of honey flavor barbecue sauce and beef it up.  Here’s how.

Start by dicing up an onion and a garlic clove.  Saute these in one tbsp of oil until softened.

Now, add a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce – I like the honey flavor, because I like sweet barbecue sauce.  But use what you like.

Now this is where the good stuff comes in.  I add either a 1/2 can of beer, OR a couple ounces of whisky (only Maker’s Mark around here!).  This really intesifies the flavor of the bbq sauce, and you get nice subtle undertones of the alcohol.

I add the beer or whisky to the barbecue sauce bottle and shake it, so that I get every last drop of sauce out of the bottle.

Now, add this to the sauce in the pan.  Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.  It will thicken as it cooks.

Now, you’re ready to fire up the grill!

Pat the ribs dry and lay them on the grill.  Baste with the bbq sauce.

Let them cook about 3-4 minutes and turn.  Baste again.

Repeat the cooking, flipping and basting every 3-4 minutes.  If you don’t flip the ribs often, the sauce will burn.  Nobody likes burned bbq sauce!  So, flip and baste, flip and baste, until the ribs are cooked through.  It should only take about 20 -25 minutes total. 

Now, dig in!

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