Before last Saturday I had never made ribs before in my life. I'd tried them a few times, but always found them way too fatty and just not worth the hassle. My Official Treat Taster was whining like a sad puppy over a rack of ribs in the supermarket, so I decided to give them a try and I'm so glad I did!
I came across this recipe for Texas mopping sauce a few days ago and thought it would work well with the ribs - what an understatement! This sauce helped to keep the meat on the ribs tender and juicy, whilst providing a smoky BBQ flavour which I just couldn't get enough of! It's so easy to make, too - throw all the ingredients into a saucepan and leave to simmer for around 20-30 minutes, or until thick. Then you're ready to 'mop' it onto the ribs and get cookin'!
How do you prefer to cook your ribs? I know the most popular way is grilled on the BBQ, but something in my head starts panicking and screaming at the thought of BBQs and meat on the bone...so when I cooked the ribs in the pic above I roasted them in the oven. I placed them in a baking tray with a bit of water in the bottom, coated the ribs in this sauce and created a tent using tin foil. I roasted them on a low heat for an hour, mopping the sauce on every now and then, then removed the foil and turned the heat up for a final 15 minutes.
Texas BBQ Mopping Sauce
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tablespoon dried cilantro
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 cups ketchup
- Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan and simmer over a medium heat - stirring regularly - for 30 minutes, or until thick.
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