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Bourbon baby back ribs


  • 1 (1 3/4- to 2-pound) rack baby back pork ribs, cut into 2-rib sections
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 cup purchased barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 2 tsp chili powder


  1. prepare barbecue (medium heat)
  2. sprinkle ribs with salt, pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  3. place ribs, meaty side up, on grill and cover and grill 10 minutes
  4. meanwhile, mix barbecue sauce, cilantro, onion, bourbon, chili powder and remaining 3/4 teaspoon cumin in heavy small saucepan; bring to boil, stirring occasionally
  5. place saucepan at edge of grill to keep sauce warm
  6. turn ribs meaty side down
  7. cover and grill until cooked through, about 10 minutes
  8. turn ribs over again; brush meaty side generously with sauce
  9. cover and grill ribs until sauce sets thickly, about 3 minutes longer
  10. divide ribs between plates. Serve with remaining sauce


makes 2 servings and can be doubled