Spicy Grilled Ribs

Spicy Grilled Ribs

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Spicy Grilled Ribs

For an all-American barbecue, serve with coleslaw and corn bread. For a Latin touch, serve with black beans and corn on the cob rubbed with chili powder and lime.

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma.com


  • 2 racks baby back ribs, about 4 pounds total
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • For the sauce: 1 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar or 1/2 cup honey
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Rub the ribs evenly with the chili powder, salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a roasting pan and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  • 3 Bake until very tender, about 1 hour.
  • 4 Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a saucepan, stir together the ketchup, vinegar, orange juice, brown sugar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, mustard, cumin, ginger and cinnamon. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer.
  • 5 Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are well blended, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • 6 Season the ribs lightly with salt and pepper and place on the oiled grill rack or on an oiled rack in a broiler pan. Brush liberally with some of the sauce. Grill or broil until caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • 7 Turn, brush with additional sauce, and cook on the other side until crusty and caramelized, about 8 minutes more.
  • 8 Transfer to a cutting board and cut the ribs apart. Arrange on a warmed platter and serve. Pour the remaining sauce into a small bowl and pass at the table.


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