Grilled or barbecued baby back ribs is a popular western cuisine. But it is now also a favorite among Pinoys specially in restaurants or fastfood chains offering baby back ribs. Actually those baby back ribs didn’t come from a baby pig. The reason why it is called so is because the ribs are shorter than the spareribs. Back ribs are cut from where the rib meets the spine after the loin is removed. Whereas the spareribs are the meaty ribs cut from the belly of the animal after the belly is removed. Baby back ribs needs less cooking time compared to spareribs but you can use spareribs if baby back ribs are not available. Since the holiday season is fast approaching, I think this is a good addition to your celebration.
How to Make Baby Back Ribs with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce
For the pork ribs
- 1 kilo pork back ribs whole
- apple juice for spraying
For the dry rub:
- 1/3 cup garlic powder
- 1/3 cup onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. cinnamon powder
- 2 Tbsp. instant coffee powder
- 1 Tbsp. mustard seeds
- 1 Tbsp. cumin
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup cayenne
- 1/3 cup paprika
- 2 Tbsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. pepper
Root beer barbecue sauce :
- 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce
- 3/4 cup root beer
- 1 cup reserved dry rub mixture
How to cook Baby Back Ribs with Root Beer Barbecue Sauce:
- Blend together dry ingredients for the dry rub. Set aside 1 cup of the dry rub for the barbecue sauce.
- Apply the remaining dry rub all over the pork ribs. Cover with aluminum foil and roast in a pre-heated 250 °F oven for two hours.
- Spray with apple juice every 30 minutes while baking until the meat is fork tender.
- Brush the root beer barbecue sauce on to the ribs and grill.
To make the root beer barbecue sauce:
- In a saucepan, mix the barbecue sauce, root beer and dry rub mixture and let simmer.