If you’re looking for some great finger food for your next game-day celebration, our bourbon-glazed baby back ribs are a deliciously good choice.
A simple wet rub made with bourbon, sugar, and spices coats the ribs before they’re slow-roasted in the oven for a couple of hours.
Once they’re fall-off-the-bone tender, they’re finished with a homemade bourbon-spiked glaze (recipe included) and caramelized under the broiler.Print
Bourbon-Glazed Baby Back Ribs
The perfect treat for a game day get-together, these bourbon glazed baby back ribs are coated with a simple wet rub, slow roasted in the oven, then slathered with a delicious, bourbon-based glaze and finished in the broiler.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Appetizers
- 1–1/2 to 2 lbs baby back ribs (one rack)
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 teaspoons bourbon
- Bourbon Barbecue Glaze (see recipe below)
- Preheat the oven to 300°F and position a rack in the center. Line a shallow roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar, onion powder, garlic salt, paprika, cayenne and bourbon to form a paste. Spread about 1/3 of the mixture on the underside of the ribs and spread the remaining 2/3 evenly over the meaty side. Arrange on the prepared roasting pan, meaty side up. Cover tightly with another sheet of foil and bake for 2 hours.
- Remove the ribs from the oven. Position a rack 6-inches below the broiler and set the control to broil. Brush both sides of the ribs with the Bourbon Barbecue Sauce and broil them just until the sauce caramelizes on the ribs, 2 to 3 minutes. Be sure to watch them carefully because the sugar in the sauce can burn very quickly.
- Transfer to a cutting board and slice the ribs between the bones. Serve with any remaining barbecue sauce.
Bourbon Barbecue Glaze
- Yield: about 3/4 cup 1x
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In a small saucepan, combine the ketchup, sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar and hot sauce over medium heat. Cook until the sugar has dissolved, then add the bourbon. Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and bubbly, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the butter until smooth.