Rib Recipes for a Family Barbecue

Whether you want to know how to make BBQ ribs or you're looking for a unique rib recipe for your next barbecue, take a peek at these six ideas.

Barbecue devotees all seem to have their favorite tricks and tips for turning out tender, perfectly seasoned ribs. The basic recipe is simple – rub a seasoning on the ribs, slow bake and then finish on the grill.

But what seasonings you use and the sauce you choose to baste the ribs will give it a completely different flavor. Work on your rib-grilling skills by trying a slow and easy BBQ rib recipe.

Amp up the seasonings by making sticky balsamic ribs, honey barbecued ribs, or spicy cherry ribs. Rained out? No problem! Try slow cooked baby back ribs with root beer BBQ sauce.

Just make sure with any of these rib recipes you have a large stack of napkins waiting for sticky little fingers and smiling, sauce-covered faces!

Slow and Easy BBQ Ribs

Wondering how to make BBQ ribs? Rub a mixture of chili and garlic powders, paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper onto pork baby back ribs. Refrigerate to let the seasonings soak in before baking. Baste the ribs with barbecue sauce and grill to make these slow and easy BBQ ribs from Kraft.

Sticky Balsamic Ribs

Let the flavor of rosemary, garlic and earth balsamic vinegar seep into ribs by marinating the meat for a day. That’s the first key to these sticky balsamic ribs from Epicurious. The second? A glaze of balsamic vinegar mixed with dark brown sugar. Slather the meat with the glaze for sticky, tangy ribs.

Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs

For tender, moist ribs, try this recipe for sweet-hot baby back ribs from Southern Living. Massage ginger, crushed red pepper and salt pepper into the meat. Squeeze fresh lime juice onto the ribs. Time for grilling! These ribs have a kick that’ll have your family reaching for a big glass of lemonade.

Honey Barbecued Ribs

This simple recipe for honey barbecued ribs from Taste of Home will win over your family with a big dose of sweetness. Boil the ribs in a mixture of garlic and salt and pepper. Once the ribs are cooked through, baste with honey that’s peppered with spicy brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce and liquid smoke.

Spicy Cherry Ribs

If anyone knows how to make perfect ribs, it’s Guy Fieri. His recipe for spicy cherry ribs from The Food Network begins with a thorough rubbing of paprika, cumin and yellow mustard. Now for the glaze: use canned bing cherries mixed with vinegar, soy sauce, ginger and a splash of sesame oil.

Slow Cooked Baby Back Ribs with Root Beer BBQ Sauce

There’s no need to grill ribs with this recipe for slow cooked baby back ribs with root beer BBQ sauce from Mel’s Kitchen Café. Cook the ribs on a bed of sliced onions and garlic cloves in the Crock-Pot. Add in a sauce with a root beer base – ladle extra sauce onto the ribs before serving.


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