Monday, May 21, 2012


Every few months I get a craving for ribs.  I don't always follow through on making ribs.  This time I did and made a marinade that uses maple syrup or agave.   I used agave in the recipe and baked the ribs versus grilling them on the bbq.  The ribs were very enjoyable.   To make life even easier,  I had bought a big package at Costco and I froze some of the unbaked ribs in the marinade for a future meal.   

Ribs going into the oven to bake.

Ready to be served.

3 pounds baby back pork ribs
3/4 cup maple syrup or agave
2 tbsp packed brown sugar
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mustard powder

Place ribs in a large pot, and cover with water. Cover, and simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender. Drain, and transfer ribs to a shallow dish.

In a small saucepan, stir together the maple syrup, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and mustard powder. Bring to a low boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool slightly, then pour over ribs, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

There are two options for cooking the ribs: 

(1) Prepare grill for cooking with indirect heat. Remove ribs from marinade. Transfer marinade to a small saucepan, and boil for several minutes.  Lightly oil grate. Cook for about 20 minutes, basting with the cooked marinade frequently, until nicely glazed.

(2) Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and remove the ribs from the marinade.  Place the ribs in a pan that has a cooking rack.   Bake for 45 to 60 minutes.  If the ribs look like they are getting overcooked, cover them loosely with a piece of tinfoil. 

Serves 6

Adapted from

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