This recipe appears in:Fire Up the Grill For Balsamic-Glazed Baby Back Ribs Kick Off Grilling Season With Balsamic Glazed Baby Back Ribs
Nothing can fulfill the defining barbecue trifecta of smoky, sweet, and tangy quite like ribs. These ribs combine a rub that features a trio of peppercorns with a low and slow cook over cherry wood. A brushing of balsamic barbecue sauce in the last half hour leaves the ribs with a glistening sheen.
- For the Rub:
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground Szechuan peppercorns
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 racks baby back ribs
- 1 to 2 fist sized chunks of light smoking wood, like apple or cherry
- 1 cup balsamic barbecue sauce
- Type of fire: Indirect
- Grill heat: Low
To make the rub: Mix together brown sugar, salt, sugar, paprika, white pepper, black pepper, ground mustard, dried thyme, garlic powder, Szechuan peppercorns, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
Remove membrane from back of each rack of ribs and trim meat of excess fat. Season ribs liberally with rub all over.
In the last 1/2 hour of cooking, baste top of each rack with balsamic barbecue sauce and continue smoking to caramelize sauce. Remove from smoker, slice, and serve with remaining balsamic barbecue sauce.