Apple Butter BBQ Ribs Recipe

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Baby back ribs are slow roasted on the grill with a delicious apple butter barbecue sauce.
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4 to 6 servings SERVINGS


  • 2 full slabs baby back ribs
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon salt
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Apple wood chunks

Apple Butter BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1⁄2 cup ketchup
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat grill for indirect heat: Place an aluminum foil pan filled with water under the grill grate and toss a chimney of hot coals alongside.
  • With a butter knife and some paper towels, remove the membrane under each slab of ribs by inserting the knife between the membrane and one of the bones. Pull the membrane with a paper towel to remove it completely.
  • Mix brown sugar, paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, ginger, and dried thyme in a small bowl. Apply the rub on both sides of the ribs with your hands, so it penetrates the meat.
  • Place ribs on the grill grate in indirect heat, and toss a few apple wood chunks onto the hot coals. Close the lid and cook for 2 hours at 300 F.
  • Combine all the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce ingredients in a saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • After 2 hours of cooking, wrap ribs in foil, with 1 cup sauce spread on top of each. Cook for another hour at 300 F. You know the ribs are done when the meat has shrunk about 1 inch from the bones. Once fully cooked, remove ribs from foil, and sear over direct heat for 30 seconds per side to caramelize the sauce.
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