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Serve these sensational, full-of-flavor ribs at your Independence Day BBQ party…with very cold Beer and lots of napkins. Happy 4th of July!


  • For the BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • For the Ribs:
  • 3 racks baby back pork rib racks (about 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup Chef Jamie’s Brown Sugar & Cracked Pepper Spice Rub
  • or substitute 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons Chef Jamie’s Original Seasoning Blend Spice Rub
  • or salt & pepper, to taste


  1. To make the BBQ Sauce, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add i the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, until reduced to about 3 cups, about 30 minutes. (The sauce can be prepared up to days ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.)
  2. To make the Ribs, remove the white membrane on the underside of the ribs by slipping the tip of a sharp knife under the membrane to loosen a corner. Then use a paper towel to get a good grip on the membrane, and pull the membrane from the ribs. Place ribs in a large roasting pan. Combine the Original Seasoning Blend and Brown Sugar Cracked Pepper Spice Rub in a mixing bowl and rub the ribs, on both sides, with the spice mixture. Refrigerate the ribs at least 2 hours or overnight. Bring the ribs to room temperature before roasting.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and roast the ribs for 1 hour. Remove the foil, pour out any liquid from the roasting pan and continue roasting the ribs for 1/2 hour longer or until very tender and golden. Remove the ribs from the oven and let cool until ready to grill.
  4. Preheat the BBQ to high heat. Brush both sides of the ribs with the BBQ sauce. Place the ribs on the grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side, turning often. Brush both sides of the ribs with the sauce again and grill 5 minutes longer. Serve the Ribs with the remaining sauce.
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