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Dibs On My Ribs Cookoff: Sweet & Smoky Ribs

Sweet & Smoky Ribs


Just in time for summer is the Dibs On My Ribs Cookoff! You can each head over and submit your own spareribs recipe, for a chance to win a one year supply of groceries! You have until August 12, 2012, to submit your recipe in the Dibs On My Ribs Cookoff. There will be two winners of the one year supply of groceries. The prize will come in the form of 12 $500 Walmart gift cards! Doesn’t that sound amazing?! The contest is  co-sponsored by Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., McCormick & Company, Inc., Kraft Foods, Inc., and the National Pork Board.

There are a few requirements for your recipe.  All recipes must incorporate a minimum of three (3) ingredients, including pork spareribs, at least one (1) McCormick® spice or seasoning product and at least one (1) Kraft Foods BBQ Sauce (unless you are submitting a rub BBQ, in which case you are not required to use a BBQ sauce). You can read through the rest of the rules here. There is a limit of one person per email address/per category.

For my Ribs recipe, I decided to start my ribs indoors and finish them outdoors. Here is my Sweet & Smoky Ribs Recipe:

Place ribs in a large roasting pan, laid out flat. Dissolve 1 1/2 cup kosher salt and 1/2 cup sugar in 1 quart warm water. Stir to dissolve. If you are not using kosher salt, use only 1 cup of regular salt. Pour mixture over ribs. Pour 3 more quarts of water over ribs, to equal 1 gallon total water. Cover tightly and let sit overnight.

An hour and a half before you are ready to serve, place ribs in a pot of water, along with the brine water that they soaked in. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer on low until about 1/2″ of bone is exposed on each end. This may take 30 minutes to one hour. You are pretty much cooking your ribs at this point, and flavoring later.

Pull the ribs out of the water and use your hands to rub McCormick Sweet & Smoky rub all over both sides of the ribs.

Turn barbecue burners on high and preheat grill.
Before cooking the ribs on the grill, cover them generously with Kraft Honey Barbecue Sauce. Slightly before the ribs were finished, I added a little more barbecue sauce for extra flavor.

I used a rib rack to hold and cook my ribs on, but you can place the ribs directly on the grill. Grill on high until the sauce starts to carmelize. This takes about 30 minutes. Remove from grill and enjoy! These were so tender and flavorful!!


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