- I started these Tuesday - they get rubbed down in spices, wrapped in foil, and left alone in the fridge overnight.
- The next day, you open the end of each foil packet, and pour in a mixture of margarita mix and orange juice. From there, they bake low and slow for two hours.
- After baking, the juice of each packet is drained off and thickened into a BBQ sauce.
- At this point, I cut my ribs into chunks of three, wrapped them in foil, and took them to the lake where I finished the process before serving Saturday. The last step is to grill the ribs & toss them in the thickened sauce before serving.
Side-note: I had accidentally purchased seven racks of ribs because I'm a newbie, and I had no idea each package contained more than one rack. You can imagine my surprise! My friend bought a few racks from me after I'd gotten them to the stage ready for grilling, and he gave me a head's up that they'd need longer on the grill. I was thankful for the head's up when I was feeding 20 people!
Anyway, these were so good, and you have to try them. Not to be demanding...it's just a suggestion. But really. Try them!
Spicy Margarita Mix Ribs
From Food Network
2 racks pork ribs
1 1/4 C. brown sugar
3/4 C. chili powder
1/4 C. garlic powder
2 T. ground thyme
1 T. cayenne pepper
1 T. allspice
1/2 C. orange juice (pre-made)
1/2 C. margarita mix
1/3 C. ketchup
1/3 C. honey
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. instant coffee powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
*I also used corn starch and water to thicken this sauce
1. Sprinkle meat side of ribs with kosher salt. Rub with seasoning mix; wrap in heavy-duty foil. Refrigerate at least 8 hours.
2. Mix orange juice and margarita mix; open end of each foil pouch. Evenly divide liquid between packets. Place in an oven-safe pan with sides. Bake in a 250 degree oven for two hours.
3. When done baking, pour juice from each packet into a medium sauce pan.
4. To drippings, add remaining ingredients for BBQ. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced to a glaze, or thicken for a BBQ consistency using cornstarch and water. Set aside for serving.
5. To finish ribs, cut into desired portions. Heat grill to high heat.
6. Place ribs flesh-side down on a hot grill. The original recipe says to heat each side on the grill for 3 minutes. I left my grill on high and cooked these for 30 minutes. I think it really depends on your cut of meat, and your preference for how well-done you prefer meat.
7. Once finished grilling, toss with BBQ sauce and serve. Enjoy!