Bourbon Baby Back Ribs
1 (1-3/4- to
2-lb.) rack baby back pork ribs, cut into 2-rib sections
tsp ground cumin
1 cup purchased barbecue sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp minced red onion
2 Tbsp bourbon
Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Sprinkle ribs with salt, pepper, and 1/2
teaspoon cumin. Place ribs, meaty side up, on grill. Cover and grill for 10
Meanwhile, mix the barbecue sauce, cilantro, onion, bourbon, chili powder, and
remaining 3/4 teaspoon cumin in a heavy small saucepan; bring to a boil,
stirring occasionally. Place saucepan at edge of grill to keep sauce warm.
Turn ribs meaty side down. Cover and grill until cooked through, about 10
minutes. Turn ribs over again; brush meaty side generously with sauce. Cover and
grill ribs until sauce sets thickly, about 3 minutes longer. Divide ribs between
plates. Serve with remaining sauce.
Thin slices of sweet potato can be grilled alongside the ribs, then drizzled
with maple syrup. Have coleslaw and corn bread on the side, too. End with lemon
Makes 2 servings (can be doubled).
Bon Appetit, June 2000