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Baby Back Ribs

1 Comment | Written on July 18, 2013 at 12:00 am , by

Grab a pile of napkins and get ready for some sticky fingers.  We’re making ribs!

I love throwing a few slabs of baby back ribs on the grill, slicing them up and serving family style.  Pass a basket filled with warm homemade buttermilk biscuits and it’s a little slice of summertime heaven.

Keep reading for the recipe…

I choose to share this recipe today because in just over a week I will head on out to the east coast for the fourth annual “Big Summer Potluck.”  It is a gathering of food bloggers to come together as a community and bond over our collective love for food.

This year Musselman’s is one of the proud sponsors, and they put the call out for recipes using their Apple Butter.  Anyone attending the potluck can submit their favorite recipe using apple butter and three of the dishes will be served at one of our meals!   To see all the recipes follow the hash tags #AppleButterRecipes and #BSP4 on Twitter.

I knew I wanted to do something seasonal and on the grill.  The sweetness of the apple butter made the perfect base for a homemade bbq sauce.  Balanced out with some Musselman’s Apple Cider Vinegar, this sauce is easy to prepare and may soon become your new go-to favorite!

Then I decided that baby back ribs needed to be the vehicle for this Apple Butter BBQ Sauce.  After all, a slab of ribs is made for sharing.  The very spirit of the Big Summer Potluck!

For tender, fall-off the-bone ribs, I like to start them off in the oven, wrapped in foil, for about and hour and a half.  While the ribs are in the oven, I simmer the bbq sauce on the stovetop.   Then I take about 3/4 cup of the sauce and marinate the ribs.  They can sit for as little as 1 or 2 hours, or can even be wrapped and marinate overnight.  (A great solution if you are entertaining and want to get ahead of the game for a party!)

Then, simply grill the ribs while basting the slabs with the remaining bbq sauce.  The apple butter makes the ribs sticky, sweet and lick-your-fingers good!  Save a little from the jar, because Musselman’s Apple Butter also just happens to taste great smothered on a warm buttermilk biscuit.  

Is your mouth watering yet?

Follow this link for the full recipe for “Apple Butter Baby Back Ribs”  –>


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