South Carolina-Style Ribs

In South Carolina barbecue refers to hickory-smoked pulled pork, but hash and ribs are also popular. Without fail, barbecue is almost always served with sweet tea.

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  • 3 pounds pork country-style ribs
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups hickory or oak chips
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
  • Sweet Tea (see recipe below) (optional)
Sweet Tea
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tea bags
  • ice cubes
  • lemon slice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Trim fat from ribs. Place ribs in a shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle ribs with salt and black pepper. Cover dish with foil. Bake for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until tender. Drain off fat.
At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain wood chips.
For sauce, in a small saucepan combine mustard, honey, vinegar, apple juice, Worcestershire sauce, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
For a charcoal grill, sprinkle wood chips over medium coals. Place ribs on the grill rack directly over coals. Grill, covered, for 15 minutes, turning once and brushing occasionally with some of the sauce. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add wood chips according to manufacturer directions. Place ribs on grill rack. Grill as directed above.) Serve ribs with remaining sauce.
If desired, serve with Sweet Tea. Makes 4 servings.
Sweet Tea
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, 1/4 cup water and lemon juice. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Transfer syrup to a heat-proof pitcher. Bring 4 cups water to boiling in the same saucepan. Remove from heat. Add bags; let steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Add tea to the pitcher, stirring to combine. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice cubes and a lemon slice. Add tea. Makes 4 (8-ounce) servings.
(Nutrition Facts per serving of tea: 106 cal., 0 g total fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol., 9 mg sodium, 28 g carb., 1 g dietary fiber, 0 g protein.)

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 575, Fat, total (g) 20, chol. (mg) 252, sat. fat (g) 7, carb. (g) 22, Monounsaturated fat (g) 9, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 20, pro. (g) 72, vit. A (IU) 48.59, vit. C (mg) 1.18, Thiamin (mg) 1.44, Riboflavin (mg) 0.97, Niacin (mg) 10.66, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0.02, Folate (g) 4.03, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 3.48, sodium (mg) 1198, Potassium (mg) 1270, calcium (mg) 100.97, iron (mg) 3.96, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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