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Serves: 6 to 8
Active: 40 min. Total time: 4 hours plus overnight seasoning
Spicy and Sticky Baby Back Ribs
1 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon ground fennel
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
4 racks Carlton Farms baby back ribs (about 2 1/2 pounds each), membrane removed from the underside of each rack
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 cup ketchup
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
1. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, mustard, fennel, black pepper, cayenne and paprika. On 2 large rimmed baking sheets, sprinkle the spice mix all over the ribs, pressing and patting it. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
2. Preheat the oven to 250°. Pour off any liquid on the baking sheets, cover the ribs with foil and roast for about 3 hours, until the meat is tender but not falling off the bone. Pour off any liquid on the baking sheets.
3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion, garlic and thyme and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ketchup, vinegar, beef broth, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and molasses and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes.
4. Preheat the broiler and position a rack 10 inches from the heat. Brush the ribs liberally with the barbecue sauce and broil for about 10 minutes, turning and brushing occasionally with the sauce, until well-browned and crispy in spots. Transfer the ribs to a work surface and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut in between the bones and mound the ribs on a platter. Pass any extra barbecue sauce on the side.
Make Ahead: The roasted ribs and barbecue sauce can be refrigerated separately for up to 4 days. Return to room temperature and broil just before serving.
Our Pairing Suggestion:
Juicy, berry-rich Zinfandel.