John's "Guaranteed To Be Tender" Baby Back Ribs
PREP TIME: 3 Hours


Most grilling experts will prepare their barbecued ribs using the long and slow method, cooking them over indirect heat for 3-4 hours. However, this method requires constant attention, whereas my "guaranteed to be tender" recipe includes more free time for the cook.


  • 4 (2-2 1/4 pound)s slabs baby back ribs
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste

Using a sharp knife, cut each slab of ribs into 2 equal parts creating 8 portions. Place the ribs in a large dutch oven along with the onion, celery, garlic, pepper flakes and salt. Cover with water by 1 inch and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer and cook 1 1/2-2 hours. Ribs should be fork tender, but not falling apart. Remove ribs, place on a large cookie sheet and allow to drain and dry thoroughly, approximately 30 minutes. While ribs are draining, heat barbecue pit according to manufacturer's directions. Add a few pieces of your favorite smoke wood for enhanced flavor. Place ribs on the pit, bone side down, when coals have subsided to medium heat. Turn every 2-3 minutes to achieve a golden brown color and smoky flavor. Once the ribs are brown, glaze with my oriental barbecue sauce on each side.


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Steen's cane syrup
  • 1/2 cup cream sherry
  • 2 tbsps fresh ginger, finely grated and peeled
  • 2 tbsps black bean garlic sauce
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pot and bring to a simmer. Blend well. Sauce may be used immediately or placed in a ceramic bowl, covered and refrigerated for up to one week. NOTE: Black bean garlic sauce is available at your local Asian market or in the Asian foods section of many supermarkets.

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