Ribs…mmm…just about the most perfect food ever. Well besides bacon…and chocolate…and pizza. They do rank pretty high up there on my family’s favorite foods and I never seem to run out of ways to make them. This Apple cider brown sugar ribs recipe combines some of our favorite flavors along with this crisp apple taste to create some of the most flavorful ribs that we make. This is also a great chicken marinade and works well with pork as well.
- 1 large rack of ribs
- ¼ cup apple cider – We use Martinell’s – love the crisp, apple taste.
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 2 fresh cloves of garlic
- Combine the marinade ingredients together, smashing the garlic, and then let rest for about 10 minutes.
- Pull one extra-long pieces of heavy duty tinfoil, aim for it to be about 3 times as long as the rack of ribs is. Place the rips on top and cover both sides completely with the marinade. Carefully wrap the ribs completely in the foil making sure all of the edges are triple folded so it will not leak. (To be sure, you can then place the entire foil wrapped rack in a plastic shopping bag). Place this in the refrigerator for up to 36 hours.
- When ready to cook, heat the grill to roughly medium or 400 degrees. Once it is hot, discard the foil and place the ribs on the grill. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 hour without opening or lifting the lid.
- After the full hour, lift the lid, add any remaining marinade there might be, flip and close lid for another 5 to 10 minutes depending on the temperature of the meat at that point.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. We enjoyed these with oven roasted vegetables.