Baby Back Ribs With Spiced Apple Cider Mop Recipe

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Servings: 4


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  • 2 c. apple cider
  • 1/4 c. chopped shallots
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped seeded jalapeno
  • 1/4 c. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly-grnd black pepper
  • 2 x slabs baby back pork ribs - (to 3) abt 4 lbs total Kosher salt to taste Freshly-grnd black pepper to taste


  1. To make the Mop: In a small saucepan combine the apple cider, shallots, and jalapeno. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat till about 1 c. of the liquid remains, 15 to 20 min. Add in the remaining mop ingredients, bring to a boil, and remove from the heat. (The mop may be made ahead and refrigerated till ready to use.)
  2. Allow the ribs to stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 min before grilling. Season with salt and pepper. Grill, rib-side down, over Indirect Medium heat till the meat is very tender and has pulled back from the ends of the bones, 1 1/2 to 2 hrs. Baste the ribs frequently with the mop throughout grilling time, but stop basting during the last 10 min. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 - 10 min before slicing into individual ribs. Serve hot.
  3. This recipe yields 4 servings.
  4. Wine Recommendation: A Gewurztraminer from Alsace will have the complexity and flavor intensity to complement the mop and more than sufficient body for the sweet grilled rib meat.
  5. Beer Recommendation: A fruit-infused Belgian-style beer made with raspberries, cranberries, or possibly peaches will make a salad with the marinade while its acidic finish cuts through the sweetness.
  6. Comments: If desired your ribs a little crispy on the outside, grill them, meat-side down, over Direct Medium heat for 10 to 15 min before finishing them over Indirect Medium heat. Don"t expect leftovers.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 168g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 100  
Calories from Fat 2 2%
Total Fat 0.26g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.04g 0%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 385mg 16%
Potassium 305mg 9%
Total Carbs 24.28g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Sugars 19.72g 13%
Protein 0.98g 2%
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