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Apple Butter BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Grilling
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Butter BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, BBQ, BBQ Pork Ribs
Servings: 4
Author: Enri


  • 2 slabs of pork baby back ribs
  • 3/4 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper freshly grounded
  • coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups apple butter
  • 1/2 cup of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • apple wood chips


  • Light a charcoal grill.
  • Soak the apple wood chips in water.
  • In a mortar put all the ingredients for the rub: 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, red pepper, black pepper and salt.
  • With a pairing knife first and then with your fingers, peel and remove the membrane on the back of the ribs and discard it.
  • Season the ribs with the rub: a little on the bones part and abundantly on the top.
  • When the charcoal is on but no flames are visible, add the applewood chips on the charcoal.
  • Lay the ribs on the grill making sure they are on indirect fire.
  • Cover and cook for about an hour.
  • Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium heat combine the ingredients for the apple butter BBQ sauce: the rest of the sugar, apple butter, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and apple cider vinegar, and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • When the meat thermometer marks 145˚F, brush the ribs with plenty of the glaze. Cover the grill again and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Remove from grill, cut and serve.