Making your own “secret” BBQ sauce is what will take these baby back ribs from “good” to “finger-lickin’ great”! As for the wine, think “classic meets classic”: these ribs go exceptionally well with a good ol’ bottle of Bordeaux.
What Are Baby Back Ribs?
Pork baby back ribs are shorter than spare ribs and come from the part of the ribs connected to the backbone. They’re around 3 to 6 inches and have about half an inch of meat. They are leaner and more tender than spare ribs. They tend to be more expensive, but the price difference is worth it!
Make sure to remove the tough membrane before marinating the ribs using this technique:
Making Your Own “Secret” BBQ Sauce
Trust us: once you’ve tried making your BBQ sauce, you’ll never go back to store-bought. There are many different versions of BBQ sauce available, but making your own means you get to decide how sweet, tangy or spicy you want it! Feel free to experiment, add, and take away until you get a barbecue sauce that tickles your taste buds every time. It’s quick, it’s easy and foolproof!
Wine Pairing for Baby Back Ribs
We recommend you keep it classic here: these baby back ribs could use a wine that makes its presence noticed. A Bordeaux such as this Château Saint-Hilaire has the structure and tannins to stand up to the intensely flavoured ribs: it’s complex, elegant and balanced, with earthy undertones that go well with the smoky flavours of the ribs.
While this is a very meat-heavy recipe, not everything from the barbecue has to involve meat! Did you know you can grill your appetizer too? Check out the recipe for Grilled Snap Peas with Halloumi next!
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