Spice-Rubbed Ribs with Tomato-Tequila Sauce


by: NuttyChef

You will find barbecued or grilled pork dishes in just about every great restaurant in America. The reason goes beyond patriotism. Pork just tastes great on the grill.


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serves: 4

2 racks baby back ribs (1 1/2-2 pounds each)


2 teaspoons light brown sugar

2 teaspoons kosher salt

2 teaspoons pure chile powder

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons dried oregano


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup tequila

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons soy sauce

Nutrition Facts
Spice-Rubbed Ribs with Tomato-Tequila Sauce

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 724

  • Total Fat: 41.5 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 8.6 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 197.5 mg
  • Sodium: 1582.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 11.4 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  •     Sugars: 5.6 g
  • Protein: 70.5 g

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1.  To make the rub: In a small bowl, mix the rub ingredients with your fingertips.

2.  Remove the thin membrane from the back of each rack of ribs:

3.  The first step is to remove the sinewy layer on the surface called silver skin.

4.  Slip the tip of a sharp, thin knife under one end of the silver skin.

5.  Grab the loosened end with your fingertips. Then slide the knife away from you just underneath the silver skin.

6.  Continue cutting away from you, with the knife blade angled slightly upwards.

7.  The "cleaned" tenderloins should have hardly any visible silver skin or surface fat.

8.  For great flavor, make a paste of oil, garlic, herbs, lemon zest, and spices. Press it into the meat before grilling.

9.  Allow to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling. Use about half of the rub to season the ribs on both sides. Grill, meat side down, over Indirect Low heat [grill temperature should be about 300°F] for 30 minutes.

10.  Meanwhile make the sauce: In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the garlic and cook until it begins to brown, about 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add the tequila and stand back [it might flame up!]. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and the remaining rub. Stir the mixture, and then simmer until it reaches a thin sauce consistency, 8 to 10 minutes.

11.  After the ribs have cooked for 30 minutes, turn them over. Continue to grill for another 30 minutes, and then start basting with the sauce every 15 minutes for the last 30 to 60 minutes of grilling. Grill until the meat is very tender and has shrunk back from the ends of the bones. The total cooking time will be 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Transfer the ribs to a baking sheet and tightly cover with aluminum foil. Let rest for 30 minutes before slicing into individual ribs. Serve warm.

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