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Backyard Babyback Ribs with Molasses BBQ Mop

Summer is almost here and it’s time to fire up your grill. I love grilling outside in when it’s warm. I don’t have to heat up my house with the oven, and usually it’s less messy. One of my favorite grill items is ribs. They are so good on the grill. I love to slow cook them on my charcoal grill.

Here’s an amazing recipe from Weber for babyback ribs.

Backyard Babyback Ribs with Molasses BBQ Mop

Ingredients

4 racks baby back ribs, about 2 pounds each
2 lemons, cut in half
¼ cup Weber® Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning
Soaked wood chips, if desired

Molasses BBQ Mop

1 bottle or can (12 ounces) of your favorite beer
1 cup Weber® Original BBQ Sauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Weber® Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning
If desired, additional Weber® Original BBQ Sauce

Directions

Build charcoal fire or preheat gas grill. Remove silver skin from back of ribs, if desired.  Set up the grill for indirect heat and if using wood chips, place soaked chips directly on charcoal or in smoking box of gas grill.

Rub the cut lemons over front and back of ribs, squeezing to release as much juice as possible.  Set aside for 5 minutes.  Rub ribs liberally with seasoning and let sit, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes.

Place ribs (bone side down) in the center of the cooking grate or in a rib holder/rack over Indirect Medium-low heat, making sure they are not over a direct flame.  Grill covered (at about 300°F, if your grill has a thermometer) for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is tender and has pulled back from the ends of the rib bones.

Leave ribs untended for the first 30 minutes – this means no peeking; especially important if using wood chips.  If the ribs start to burn on the edges, stack them on top of one another in the very center of the grill and lower your fire slightly.  30 minutes before serving, unstack ribs, if necessary and brush with Molasses BBQ Mop every 10 minutes until they are done.  Remove ribs from grill and let rest 10 minutes before cutting into individual or 2 to 3 rib portions.  Warm BBQ sauce in a saucepan and serve on the side, if desired.

To make the Molasses BBQ Mop, pour the beer into a medium nonreactive bowl.  Add BBQ sauce and vinegar; whisk to combine.  Stir in the seasoning and let sit for 10 minutes before using.  Funnel into a plastic squeeze bottle or put in a clean glass jar until ready to use.  The mop will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  Shake before using.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Elizabeth Karmel, author of “Taming the Flame” and Executive Chef at New York’s Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken.

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