Apple Cider Ribs + Chipotle bbq Sauce


We never eat ribs at home so this seemed a bit like a special occasion.   I used baby back ribs which are a bit leaner (kind of) but spare ribs could also be used.  Half a rack, which is 6 ribs, is good serving size for one person.    

Serves 4. 

Apple Cider Ribs + Basic Rub + Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

2 full racks baby back pork ribs

4 cups apple cider

For the Rub 

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

3 tablespoons course salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground mustard

3/4 teaspoon ground cayenne

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

For the Sauce

1 chipotle pepper in adobo

1 1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup apple cider

2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Unless you're butcher removed it, there's a membrane on the underside of the ribs.  Start at one end of the ribs, slide a knife under the membrane, lifting up and loosening it enough so that you can get a grip on it with a paper towel and pull it off.  It should come of in one big sheet but it it tears, just start again.  Discard the membrane.  It's important to remove the membrane as it becomes very rubbery if left on and cooked.  Who wants that?    

Place the ribs in a large pan and pour in about 4 cups apple cider.  Cover, place in fridge and allow to marinate over night or 6 to 24 hours.  Turn/flip once during marinating.  Remove ribs from cider.  Discard cider.  

Heat oven to 200 degrees.  In a small bowl, mix up all ingredients for the rub.  Sprinkle over and rub into ribs on both sides.  Each rack should be covered in rub.  Wrap each rack up in a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil.  Roll up edges so ribs are well sealed in the foil.  

Place on a baking sheet and place in oven.  Cook for 3 - 4 hours.  Three hours is enough time but I think 4 is better.  Remove from oven and let rest.  Turn on your oven's broiler and move the oven rack to the highest position.

While ribs are resting.  Get the sauce ready.  Mash up the chipotle pepper into a paste  with a fork or in a small bowl.  Combine all ingredients for the sauce, including the chipotle pepper, in a small sauce pot.  Simmer for 10 minutes.  

Remove ribs from foil and place on baking sheet.  Discard foil.  Baste ribs with warm sauce on both sides.  Place in oven under broiler and cook 15 minutes.   

Remove from oven.  Cut in between each individual rib bone and serve with left over sauce.