Sweet and Tangy West-Style BBQ Ribs

Sweet and Tangy West-Style BBQ Ribs

Looking for a dish that brings together the quintessential flavors of barbecue, with a sweet and tangy twist? This Sweet and Tangy West-Style BBQ Ribs recipe is sure to tantalize your taste buds. The succulent ribs are marinated in a rich, flavorful sauce, then slow-cooked to perfection. It’s the perfect main course for a family gathering or a weekend cookout.

### **Ingredients:**

– 2 racks of pork ribs (about 4-5 pounds)
– Salt and black pepper, to taste

#### **For the Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce:**

– 1 cup ketchup
– 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup honey
– 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
– 2 tablespoons mustard (yellow or Dijon)
– 1 tablespoon soy sauce
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for added heat)
– Salt and black pepper, to taste

### **Instructions:**

1. **Prepare the Ribs:**
– Remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs for better tenderness.
– Season the ribs generously with salt and black pepper on both sides.

2. **Make the BBQ Sauce:**
– In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients for the Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce.
– Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
– Reduce heat to low and let the sauce cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until it’s thickened to your liking.
– Taste and adjust seasoning with additional salt, pepper, or vinegar as needed.

3. **Marinate the Ribs:**
– Place the ribs in a large dish or resealable bag.
– Pour about half of the BBQ sauce over the ribs, ensuring they’re well-coated.
– Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

4. **Slow-Cook the Ribs:**
– Preheat your oven to 275°F (135°C).
– Place the ribs on a large baking sheet, bone side down, and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
– Bake for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the meat pulls away from the bones easily.

5. **Finish on the Grill (Optional but recommended):**
– Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
– Remove ribs from the oven and, using a brush, apply a generous layer of the reserved BBQ sauce.
– Grill the ribs for about 5-10 minutes on each side, or until they develop a nice char and become slightly caramelized. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

6. **Serve:**
– Take the ribs off the grill and let them rest for a few minutes.
– Slice into individual ribs and serve with extra BBQ sauce on the side.

Enjoy your flavorful Sweet and Tangy West-Style BBQ Ribs with your favorite sides like coleslaw, cornbread, or a fresh garden salad!