Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sticky Baby Back BBQ Ribs

Costco is one of my favourite places to shop at (well, okay, most of my favourite shopping places revolve around food and groceries). I remember watching a documentary about Costco and how they source for only popular or quality that are tried and tested by them, and they carry a limited number of brands for each product line. This makes it easier for the consumer when deciding which brand to choose (as too many brands may confuse the consumer who might end up not buying anything!).

I saw a couple of brands for BBQ sauce and decided on Sweet Baby Ray's (after all, there's only a fifty-fifty chance I bought the wrong one!) mainly because the label stated "Award-winning", dotted with four red stars (not only my kids love stars on their homework, I have an affinity for stars too when it comes to food and product reviews). The other brand had some Japanese sounding name to it which I can't remember, plus there was a mad picture of a Japanese guy on it. My, my, my.... these ribs were possibly one of the best I've had, and almost as good as Tony Roma's. I highly recommend this, especially the sauce which turns lovely and sticky after a few minutes under the grill. It's easy to prepare, and easy clean-up afterwards too!

Sticky Barbecue Ribs
Adapted from


1.8kg (4 lbs) American-style pork ribs (get meaty ones, not too lean or bony)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1-2 cups Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue sauce


Preheat oven to 160C (300F).

Mix together the sugar and spices to make a dry rub. Apply rub to ribs on all sides.

Lay ribs on two layers of foil, shiny side out. Lay a layer of foil on top of ribs and roll and crimp edges tightly, edges facing up to seal.

Place on baking tray and bake for 3-4 hours or until meat is tender and starting to shrink away from the ends of the bone. Remove from oven. Heat the broiler or oven grill.

Remove ribs from the foil, and place on a clean layer of foil on a metal rack or pan, bony side up. Brush on some BBQ sauce. Grill for 3-4 minutes until sauce is cooked on and bubbly.
Turn ribs over and brush on more sauce and grill again until sauce is bubbly and caramelized (this makes it sticky and finger-licking good!). Serve immediately.