Cider Glazed Ribs

Cider Glazed Ribs

Well, I’m still in Atlanta, still waiting for my daughter’s wedding and getting all the treatment. A mani/pedi, a massage, cheese and wine. Directions on how to drive and park. (Kids, ugh.) Lemme tell ya, though, this is the life. These Cider Glazed Ribs I made a while back are all but a whisper of a memory, now, but I think they’d be fabulous on Memorial Day Weekend.

Apple Cider Glazed Ribs

Cider Glazed Ribs


 

These ribs are baked in the oven (and I have an Instant Pot version, too) then finished off on either the grill or under the broiler. And with the weather we’ve been having, whether it’s too hot or too cold, it’s kind of nice to have a rib recipe where you aren’t manning the grill or the smoker for hours. I suppose that makes this a “cheater” recipe, then, but it’s so good, who cared!

About Cider Glazed Ribs:

I “stole” the idea and method for these ribs, although I altered the recipe a lot, off of Food & Wine, who “stole” it off of champion pitmaster Chris Lilly, author of the new Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book.” If you know me, you know I can’t leave well enough alone and almost always have to tinker with my food.

First of all, I used spareribs, which I prefer over baby backs. Use whichever you want, just be sure to dust or rub them generously with the Sweet Ancho Spice Rub and then glaze them with the Cider Glaze. The sweet fruity glaze melded to that Ancho rub it makes a magical alchemy of flavors!

You might be able to tell from the pics that these aren’t your “normal” ribs. They’re dark, shiny and rich and fun and a nice change-up from a more classic style. And in case you’re worried, they don’t taste “Apple-y” they just taste delish.

Sweet Ancho Spice Rub

Sweet Ancho Spice Rub

Making Cider Glazed Ribs:

I’d say these ribs are really pretty easy, whether done in the oven or the Instant Pot, but there is the one extra step of making a glaze. I think it’s well worth it, and whether you are using the Instant Pot or the oven, you’ll take those ribs out just shy of being done, coat them with the glaze and then cover them. They’ll be the most tender ribs you’ve had, I’m betting.

I generally trim my ribs, St. Louis style, and generally don’t find them pretrimmed in the store in my area. If you’re using the Instant Pot, you’ll probably have to trim them or they won’t fit. The oven gives you a bit more leeway. If you trim your ribs, don’t let those trimmings go to waste. I give you some ideas on what to do with the trimmings and some specifics about how to trim on my post on Competition Barbecue Spareribs, so I won’t repeat myself, here.

After the ribs have been glazed, there’s a final brushing with barbecue sauce. Sometimes I just brush with the glaze leftover in the bottom of the pan, while other times I’ve used Barbecue Sauce. These ribs are great either way. I do have a recipe coming up for Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce (Update: here’s the link for the Apple Butter Barbecue Sauce Recipe). It was marvelous with these ribs.

Apple Cider Glazed Ribs

Cider Glazed Ribs

Saving Money on Cider Glazed Ribs:

First of all, buy your ribs on sale. Watch the specials. That’s a no-brainer, right?! I usually (but I’m out a freezer now) have a rack or two in my freezer but they are awkwardly shaped and take a lot of room. Ribs generally come in a cryovac package, so I hate to cut into that package and trim the ribs. If space is a big issue and you want nice, uniform ribs to stack, that’s an option.

You can use either apple cider or a hard apple cider with these ribs. I’m partial to the hard one, myself; it’s just not as sweet and has more interest. It pays to buy any of your hooch on sale, especially since it goes on sale all the time. Watch for some of the best prices before any major holiday. Most liquor stores have email alerts so sign up for them.

Once you take your ribs out of the oven, you’re going to have a bunch of sweet, sticky glaze mingled with all the juices and spices from the ribs left behind. If I’m thinking of it, I’ll toss that into a jar and use it later to glaze chicken wings. I usually do the same when I glaze a ham. Defat the juices by letting them settle in the fridge and then remove the fat once it’s hardened. Never waste flavor!

Cider Glazed Ribs

Cider Glazed Ribs


Cider Glazed Ribs

  • Servings: 4 - 1/2 rack each
  • Difficulty: easy
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The Cider Glaze:

  • 1 cup apple or hard cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Ancho Spice Rub
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons vinegar

Mix ingredients together in a heavy pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half.

The Ribs:

  • 2 racks spare ribs, trimmed St. Louis style or not as desired
  • 1 recipe of Sweet Ancho Spice Rub, divided (save a tablespoon for the glaze)
  • The Cider Glaze
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, for serving

Preheat the oven to 250° F.

Pull the membrane off the underside of each rib rack using a towel to grasp the corner. On a rimmed baking sheet, rub the ribs with the Sweet Ancho Spice Rub, making sure to save a tablespoon of it for the Cider Glaze; bake, meaty side up, for 2 1/2 hours.

After 2-1/2 hours, pour the cider mixture over the ribs. Tightly cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes to an hour, until desired tenderness.

Glaze the ribs:

a) Light a grill. Uncover the ribs and brush with the barbecue sauce; grill over moderate heat, turning and brushing, until glazed. Let rest for 10 minutes, then cut between the bones and serve.

b) Turn broiler on high. Uncover the ribs and place on the aluminum foil. Brush the ribs with sauce. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heating element, turning as needed, until glazed. Let rest for 10 minutes, then cut between the bones and serve.

  • Servings: 4 - 1/2 rack each
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

The Cider Glaze:

  • 1 cup apple or hard cider
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Ancho Spice Rub
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons vinegar

Mix ingredients together in a heavy pan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half.

The Ribs:

  • 2 racks spare ribs, trimmed St. Louise style
  • 1 recipe of Sweet Ancho Spice Rub, divided (save a tablespoon for the glaze)
  • The Cider Glaze
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce, for serving

Pull the membrane off the underside of each rib rack using a towel to grasp the corner. Rub the ribs with the Sweet Ancho Spice Rub, making sure to save a tablespoon of it for the Cider Glaze. Place rack in Instant Pot; Add 1 cup water. Place racks in vertically, curling around each other. Turn on to Pressure, High 20 minutes, then do a quick release.

Remove from Instant Pot, place on a sheet tray, pour cider glaze over, then tightly cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes to an hour, until desired tenderness.

Glaze the ribs:

a) Light a grill. Uncover the ribs and brush with the barbecue sauce; grill over moderate heat, turning and brushing, until glazed. Let rest for 10 minutes, then cut between the bones and serve.

b) Turn broiler on high. Uncover the ribs and place on the aluminum foil. Brush the ribs with saucehard appl Broil 4 to 6 inches from heating element, turning as needed, until glazed. Let rest for 10 minutes, then cut between the bones and serve.

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I’ll be sharing my Cider Glazed Ribs this week at Fiesta Friday #277. Thank you to the co-hosts this week, Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.

Cider Glazed Ribs are a surprise. Not your everyday rib - there's a magical alchemy between the Sweet Ancho Rub & Cider Glaze. You're gonna go nuts! #CiderGlazedRibs #AppleCiderGlazedRibs

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12 thoughts on “Cider Glazed Ribs

  1. Elizabeth Stewart

    These look delicious – can’t wait to try them! Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! I know exactly how you feel because my daughter just got married May 19th. It was an amazing day. A close friend of mine whose daughter also married recently told me not to be surprised if emotions overwhelmed me at some point and she was right. I had been going along, having a wonderful time, until my daughter and her new husband took the floor for their first dance, Nothin’ Can Change This Love by Sam Cooke. I was taking pictures and all at once, I burst into tears, overwhelmed by happiness!!! So don’t be surprised if this happens to you! I hope your daughter’s wedding is as amazing as my daughter’s was and wish her and her new husband a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks Elizabeth, so much for the lovely note & the warning. I have been so caught up I didn’t expect to or even think about emotions! I better bring some tissues, lol!! I just know it’s going to be an amazing weekend! And oh, I have to ask her what her first song is!!

  2. Looks very very yummy πŸ˜‹ and then is lunch time here so I’ll love some ribs πŸ˜‰ Congratulations to your daughter and happy wedding πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸŒ·

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