Honey-Habanero Baby Back Ribs

Baby back ribs photo by seanomatopoeia.

If you like hot sauces for BBQ cooking, you’ll love this homemade barbecue sauce! It’s everything a good homemade BBQ sauce should be. It’s bold, hot, spicy, sweet, and vinegary, all at the same time. If you’re really brave, include a couple more peppers. If you’re a hot-sauce wimp, reduce the amount of peppers.

Holle’s Honey-Habanero Baby Back Ribs recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 fresh habanero peppers
  • ¼ cup diced onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

Directions: Remove tough skin from back of ribs. Rinse ribs and pat dry. Rub with sugar, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic salt. Leave ribs in fridge until sauce is ready.

Remove seeds, stems, and seeds from peppers and chop. Add chopped peppers, onions, and olive oil to a pan and sauté until peppers and onions are soft.

Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat immediately and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally. Sauce should be thick.

Cool sauce for a few minutes and liquefy it in the blender.

Pour some of the sauce in a bowl. Brush ribs with sauce and wrap tightly in heavy-duty foil.

Preheat grill to about 250. Place foil-wrapped ribs on grill with seam side up. Cook for about two hours.

Take the ribs out of the foil and place over hot part of grill. Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side, until ribs are brown and sauce is caramelized. Brush ribs with remaining sauce that has not been contaminated by the raw pork.