Applebee's Honey BBQ Riblets
1 C. ketchup
1/4 C. water
1/2 C. honey
1/2 C. corn syrup
1/4 C. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 T. molasses
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. liquid smoke flavor
Combine all ingredients in saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.
Riblet (Rib) Preparation: For rib tips ("riblets") and full racks, first season
ribs with salt, pepper and garlic to taste. Then, sear the ribs on the
grill/broiler until both sides are mahogany in color and the meat has begun to
pull away from the bone (155°F internal temperature). Place ribs on rack in deep
pan/roaster. Cover bottom of pan with mixture of water and liquid smoke
flavoring (4:1 ratio of water to liquid smoke) without mixture touching the ribs
(it will make them bitter). Seal tightly with two layers of foil wrap to cover.
Slow cook in 275°F oven until meat is tender. Time varies with how many ribs are
being cooked, pan used and your oven temperature. Plan on anywhere from two to
five hours, but check to be sure. The slower the better for this process. Just
make sure an internal food temperature of 155°F is maintained. (To moderate
cooking for small amounts of ribs, try covering ribs with chopped onions,
peppers and tomatoes. This also keeps them moist and adds a nice flavor).
When ribs are fully cooked and tender, remove from oven and finish off on
grill/broiler until marrow in the bone tips "sizzles." Brush with Honey Barbecue
Sauce just before removing for service. Serve with your favorite side dishes.
Applebee's serves their ribs with French fries, coleslaw and their special honey
barbecue baked beans.