Monday, 6 May 2013

BBQ Ribs

The weather recently has been lovely, and there's nothing us Brits like to do more when it gets to double figures than celebrate with a massive BBQ! Unfortunately, I've always found the food to be a bit disappointing (and burnt!) when cooked on a bbq. I've found, the people that do the best barbecue food seem to be the Americans. Gorgeous cuts of meat cooked or smoked for hours and covered in delicious sticky and sweet sauces.

So, inspired by the warm weather and my love for american bbq food, I decided to give making my own bbq ribs a go!

I should point out that no barbecues were used in the cooking of this food :)

BBQ Ribs with Homemade BBQ sauce




  • 1 large rack of baby back ribs

  • salt & pepper


For the barbecue sauce 

  • 200ml ketchup

  • 100ml water

  • 60g dark muscovado sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar (more can be added if you like really sharp bbq sauce)

  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard

  • 1 &1/2 teaspoons of chipotle powder (can be substituted with smoked paprika)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes

  • dash of hot sauce (this is for extra heat, don't add if you're not into spice)


To begin you'll want to season your ribs with the salt and pepper and put in  the oven on a low heat (about 140 degrees C) for around roughly 2 hours. I would cover the top of the tray with foil to make sure they don't dry out.

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almost put that bottle of reggae sauce on my ribs, glad I didn't :)

To make the barbecue sauce, get a medium sized pan and chuck in all the ingredients for the sauce (how easy :) ). it needs to be on a low heat so the sugar doesn't burn, just heat gently until it just starts to bubble and everything is dissolved.

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When the ribs have been in for a few hours and have become pretty soft, pour the barbecue sauce over them and put back into the oven for about 30 minutes. Turn the heat up a little and make sure the sauce doesn't burn, give the ribs a flip halfway through to make sure they're all covered.

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When the sauce is nice and hot and has cooked into the ribs. Take them out and enjoy!

Hope you love them as much as I did!


Hannah :)

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