How to Grill Pork Ribs

In the mood for some crispy, tangy, pork ribs for supper but don't exactly know how to grill pork ribs? Here's an easy and wildly delicious recipe. First make a pot of strong coffee. Really! Coffee is the "secret ingredient" that helps this barbecue sauce, which you'll use on the pork ribs, taste so good. The blend of ingredients results in a complex, layered sauce that will have your guests trying to get you to divulge your magic formula.

What You'll Need

  • 10   tablespoons chili powder

  • 1/2  cup light brown sugar

  • 6   tablespoons minced garlic

  • 2   tablespoons coarse salt

  • 2  2 1/2 pound racks pork spare ribs

  • 3   tablespoons olive oil plus additional for brushing

  • 2   large onions, chopped

  • 2   cups ketchup

  • 2   cups strong coffee

  • 1/3  cup apple-cider vinegar

  • 1   recipe Confetti Coleslaw (see Recipe Center)

Step By Step

Whisk together 4 tablespoons chili powder, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons garlic, and the salt in a small bowl for dry rub.
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Rinse and pat pork dry and place in 2 lightly oiled large baking pans. Rub pork all over with dry rub and cook in upper and lower third of oven until meat is slightly pink, about 30 minutes, depending on thickness.
Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and cook onion, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add remaining 6 tablespoons chili powder and 4 tablespoons garlic; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in ketchup, coffee, vinegar, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar; simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 4 cups, about 40 minutes. Remove pan from heat, transfer 2 cups sauce to a bowl for basting and place remaining sauce in a small bowl for serving on side.
Preheat grill. Brush top of ribs with some of barbecue sauce and place sauce side down on a lightly oiled rack; cook over moderately high heat, turning once and basting remaining side with sauce, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer ribs with tongs to a platter and let stand 10 minutes. Separate ribs by cutting between the bones with a sharp knife and serve with Confetti Coleslaw and remaining sauce on side. Makes 8 servings.

A lot of recipes will tell you how to grill pork ribs, but few will yield the flavorful, tender-fleshed result you get when you use this recipe. The unique basting sauce is a spicy delight and so good you'll be tempted to try it on other meats and even vegetables. Go ahead: it's a good all-around barbecue sauce, especially if you like your sauce with a little heat. Great sides to go with pork ribs are coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, corn on the cob and grilled potato wedges.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 650, Fat, total (g) 41, chol. (mg) 135, sat. fat (g) 13, carb. (g) 39, fiber (g) 5, pro. (g) 36, sodium (mg) 1846, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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