I love tailgating but sometimes getting your delicious vittles from home to parking lot is a bit of a trick. Which is why I’m sharing this awesome recipe with you – you can do about 80% of the work at home and still wow your friends at the game! It’s also easy to prep the night before and actually gets even better when it sits for a while. Baby back ribs are a great finger food entrée and a perfect alternative to the burgers, fried chicken and heavy h’ordeuvres that are often the staples at football games. I hope you really do print or copy this one down, because this sauce is good enough to drink. It will go on pretty much anything, plus it has bourbon, and you don’t get much more Southern than cooking with brown liquor. YUM.
So, without further ado, here is the second best recipe you’ll ever own. You probably have the best already, so I’m cool with being the first runner-up.
Baby Back Ribs with Most Amazing BBQ Sauce Ever
- 1 can of beer – any kind will do – it’s only for tenderizing
- 1 c light brown sugar
- 1 c Dijon mustard
- 1/2 c Bourbon – I usually use Jim Beam, but that is because I’m married to a KA and he’d probably divorce me if it was anything else.
- 1/2 c soy sauce
- 2 or 3 whole cloves garlic, pressed
- 4 tsp. Worcester
- Arrange ribs in large casserole dish and pour beer over them.
- Cover tightly with foil. ***IMPORTANT***
- Bake @ 300 for 3 hours
Here is where you can pause the process and save the rest for grilling on site if you want. Or you can grill and transport later – either way is delicious, but hot off the grill is definitely better.
Grill on medium heat basting repeatedly, until sauce has set up. If you want to serve with sauce on the side, be sure to heat it first – remember the bourbon? And because the meat is already cooked you don’t have to worry about that pesky trichinosis problem associated with pork, so no sauce needs to be thrown out after basting!
So there you have it – I would put this BBQ sauce/baby back ribs combo head to head against anything and that is no joke. Try it soon – today even, because you still have time before the afternoon/night game!
Have a happy, safe and DELICIOUS Gameday!
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