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Grilling Barbecue Spare Ribs

If you are looking for the best holiday appetizer recipes, you might want to think about grilling some juicy ribs. The combination of applesauce and BBQ sauce in the following recipe for barbecue pork spare ribs gives the meat a balanced flavor. You can use half sweetened applesauce and half unsweetened applesauce if you like, depending how sweet you want the ribs, and you can also use smoky BBQ sauce for a smokier flavor.

Grilling this barbecue spare ribs recipe in foil packets containing the sauce makes them incredibly juicy and tender. For the sake of convenience, you might want to use a disposable foil pan rather than aluminum foil. It makes cleanup easier and the ribs turn out just as nice.

If you prefer to bake your barbecue spare ribs, you should give them a couple of hours, wrapped in the foil, at 295 degrees F and then finish them off on the grill. Ribs cooked in this way might be a little drier than if you grill them so you might want to serve some BBQ sauce on the side for dipping. If you marinate these ribs overnight in the refrigerator and then you discover it is going to be a rainy day, you can bake them in this way, and then finish them off on an indoor grill, so it’s nice to have a backup plan for them. These barbecue spare ribs are too good to miss!

Spicy Marinated Barbecue Spare Ribs
Summary: Ribs make a wonderful snack or appetizer. These are flavored with BBQ sauce, applesauce, garlic and cayenne, so you can expect a bold, vibrant and hearty flavor.
Cuisine: USA (Southern)
Recipe type: Holiday Appetizer
Serves: 6
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  • 6 lbs spare ribs or baby back ribs
  • 6 cups sweetened applesauce
  • 6 cups BBQ sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper
  1. Combine the applesauce with the BBQ sauce.
  2. Arrange the ribs on a piece of aluminum foil, either heavy duty foil or triple layered regular foil.
  3. Rub as much cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt and black pepper over them as you like, taking care not to add too much pepper if you don't want the ribs to be too spicy.
  4. Pour the applesauce mixture over the ribs, and then wrap the foil around them.
  5. Let them marinate overnight or for 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  6. Preheat the grill to high and cook the ribs for an hour, still in the foil, on the grate.
  7. Take them out of the foil and arrange them directly on the grate.
  8. Cook them for another half an hour, using the sauce to baste them, until they are well cooked and the meat is starting to come away from the bone.

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Baby back ribs are beautiful for making barbecue spare ribs recipes if you don’t want to use spare ribs. Baby back ribs are meaty and tender. They are also small and appetizer-sized. Spare ribs are bigger, tougher and have more fat on them, so it is up to you which you prefer to use. There is something incredibly tempting about hot barbecue pork spare ribs recipes and the aroma of freshly grilled ribs is something that is guaranteed to make your mouth water with anticipation. Ribs are easy party appetizers because you can slow grill them for an hour while you concentrate on other things. Grilling barbecue spare ribs is fun if the weather is nice and these ribs are ideal for any occasion.

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