Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

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Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

Hot honey barbecue ribs! This spare ribs recipe is tossed with a simple spice blend, baked in the oven and then brushed with homemade hot honey barbecue sauce. Place it on the grill after for a more smoky, spicy and caramelized finish.

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Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

What ingredients do you need for this ribs recipe?

Rack of ribs: We are using pork ribs (pork spare ribs to be exact), but other cuts such as baby back ribs, or beef ribs will work, too. Make sure the ribs are cleaned and the membrane is removed.

For the spice rub: A simple blend of brown sugar, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, dry mustard powder and onion powder are tossed all over the ribs with a little bit of neutral oil.

Feel free to use any of your favorite seasonings like garlic powder, cayenne pepper, chili powder or dried oregano to name a few.

For the hot honey bbq sauce: A homemade barbecue sauce is honestly so easy to make at home! It comes together really quickly too and you can mix and match with all your favorite flavors. Everything we used for out hot honey sauce is below:

  • Hot sauce
  • honey
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • smoked paprika
  • soy sauce
  • kosher salt and black pepper

With just a few seasonings and spices, this recipe comes together so beautifully!

Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

Instructions to make this recipe

Preparing the spice rub

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the light brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, mustard powder, and onion powder to create the spice rub.

Seasoning the ribs

Place the cleaned pork spareribs on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle a little neutral oil over the ribs (both sides), ensuring they are lightly coated. Sprinkle the prepared spice rub generously over both sides of the ribs. Wrap the ribs tightly in the aluminum foil to be completely sealed.

Baking the ribs

Place the wrapped ribs on a baking sheet and transfer them to the preheated oven to make your oven-baked ribs. Bake the ribs for 2 to 2.5 hours. Go for 2 hours if you want them less tender (don’t worry, still very tender), and 2.5 hours if you want them more fall off the bone tender!

Make your hot honey barbecue sauce

In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, hot sauce, honey, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat, stirring continuously for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens just a tad and darkens in color. Let it continue to go on low for another 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to brush over the ribs.

Grilling the ribs

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Carefully remove the baked ribs from the aluminum foil and place them on a tray or cutting board. Brush the bbq sauce generously over both sides of the ribs. Grill the sauced ribs for 4-5 minutes on each side, occasionally brushing with more barbecue sauce to your liking, until they are nicely charred and caramelized.

Serve!

Once the ribs are done grilling, transfer them to a cutting board to rest for 7-10 minutes. Then slice each rib with a knife and serve with more barbecue sauce and pickles on the side!

Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

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Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs
5 from 1 vote

Hot Honey Barbecue Ribs

Hot honey barbecue ribs! This spare ribs recipe is tossed with a simple spice blend, baked in the oven and then brushed with homemade hot honey barbecue sauce. Place it on the grill after for a more smoky, spicy and caramelized finish.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

For the Spice Rub

  • 2.5 pounds pork spareribs, about 1 rack, cleaned, membrane removed
  • Drizzle of neutral oil, avocado, canola or avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

For the Hot Honey Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cup apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preparing the spice rub. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the light brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, black pepper, mustard powder, and onion powder to create the spice rub.
  • Seasoning the ribs. Place the cleaned pork spareribs on a large sheet of aluminum foil. Drizzle a little neutral oil over the ribs (both sides), ensuring they are lightly coated. Sprinkle the prepared spice rub generously over both sides of the ribs. Wrap the ribs tightly in the aluminum foil to be completely sealed.
  • Baking the ribs. Place the wrapped ribs on a baking sheet and transfer them to the preheated oven to make your oven-baked ribs. Bake the ribs for 2 to 2.5 hours. Go for 2 hours if you want them less tender (don't worry, still very tender), and 2.5 hours if you want them more fall off the bone tender!
  • Make your hot honey barbecue sauce. In a medium saucepan, combine the ketchup, hot sauce, honey, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat, stirring continuously for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens just a tad and darkens in color. Let it continue to go on low for another 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to brush over the ribs.
  • Grilling the ribs. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Carefully remove the baked ribs from the aluminum foil and place them on a tray or cutting board. Brush the bbq sauce generously over both sides of the ribs. Grill the sauced ribs for 4-5 minutes on each side, occasionally brushing with more barbecue sauce to your liking, until they are nicely charred and caramelized.
  • Serve! Once the ribs are done grilling, transfer them to a cutting board to rest for 7-10 minutes. Then slice each rib with a knife and serve with more barbecue sauce and pickles on the side!
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