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Apple Butter BBQ Ribs!

Mix some fall flavors into your next grilling
adventure with this seasonal take on BBQ ribs.

Active Time

20 minutes

Total Time

4 hours

How to Make it


Step 1

Preheat the oven or grill to 250 degrees F.

Step 2

Mix together brown sugar and all of the remaining dry spices. Set aside one tablespoon’s worth of the well-combined spices to add to your apple butter mixture later.

Step 3

Remove the membrane from the underside of each rack of ribs. (It may help to use a butter knife to get under the membrane then use your hands to pull it off once you can fit a finger underneath.

Step 4

Place the ribs on a rimmed baking sheet and rub with the spice mix. Bake, meaty side up, for 2½ hours.

Step 5

Mix together apple cider, apple butter, maple syrup, and a tablespoon of spices. pour over the ribs and turn to coat. Cover well with foil and bake for an additional hour.

Step 6

To finish the ribs, heat the up grill and mix the apple butter and barbecue sauce.

Step 7

Place the ribs on the grill and brush them with barbecue sauce, turning and brushing until they're glazed about 15 minutes. Let them rest for 10 minutes then serve. (If you don't have access to a grill. feel free to finish them under the broiler... and make a note to buy a grill.

For the Ribs:

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ cup apple butter
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup prepared barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle)
  • ½ cup apple butter.

Mix some fall flavors into your next grilling adventure. Go above and beyond that applewood-smoked with this full-on apple butter, finger-lickin' goodness. It mingles the best of the sweet apple butter, cinnamon, and fall flavors with the spicy BBQ sauce.

Bonus tip: adjust your sweet and spicy ratio with your choice of BBQ sauce.

Thank you, to HostTheToast for the original recipe and photo.