This weekend it cooled down just long enough for our family to break out the grill for a meal that we could all enjoy without heating up the kitchen. It’s no secret my husband has a thing for pork ribs so when I told him I’d picked up some Tyson spare ribs his eyes just lit up with excitement. Not only does this man love his grill but he loves meat that he actually gets a hand in cooking, or in this case grilling.
We pulled together some basic ingredients including the McCormick’s Grill Mates Sweet & Smoky Rub and a big bottle of Kraft Hickory Smoke BBQ sauce. To make this grilled meal extra special I added my secret ingredient … fresh apples! There’s nothing I love more than a good amount of sweet and smoky when it comes to ribs and fresh apples along with some hickory BBQ sauce will do that.
The trick here is to puree the fresh apples with the BBQ sauce and cook it on low to get a thick sauce that tingles on your tongue. I probably won’t be winning any awards for this simple flavor combo but I sure did here a lot of “seconds please!” from the kids (and my husband).
- 1 slab pork spare ribs
- 1 large bottle apple juice
- 1 bottle McCormick Sweet & Smoky Rub
- 1 bottle Kraft Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce
- 2 pink lady apples
- 2 granny smith apples
- apple and/or hickory wood chips
- Prepare the ribs ahead of time by placing them in a deep dish and add just enough apple juice to cover the ribs.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let them marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
- Prepare the BBQ sauce by placing about 2 cups of the sauce in a blender. Peel, core and chop the apples, placing them in the blender and puree until smooth. Warm the sauce on the stove on low just before grilling the ribs.
- Prepare your grill with an aluminum pan of water on one side and hot coals on the other side. Optional, add the wood chips to the coal side of the grill.
- Remove ribs from the juice and generously rub with the Sweet & Smoky Rub.
- Place the ribs on the grill, cover and cook for 2-3 hours until tender. Every 30 minutes spray the ribs with apple juice and flip during the cooking time.
- During the last 30 minutes, slather the ribs with bbq sauce.
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