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Niek's sweet ribs

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Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 2 hours and 20 minutes 1 hour in the fridge

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More effort


Serves 2

A delicious recipe for sweet slow cooked caramelized ribs.

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  • 8 tbs Brown sugar
  • 3 tbs Salt
  • 1 tbs Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 3 tsp Paprika powder, smoked


  • 1 cup of Apple juice
  • 2 tbs of Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs Whiskey (optional)
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs Honey
  • 2 cloves Garlic


  • 2 Big racks of pork ribs, uncooked and unseasoned


  1. Combine the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika powder and thyme into a container and shake to combine.

  2. Place the ribs on a piece of heavy duty aluminium foil and rub the spice mixture on the racks for 5 min on both sides. Place the ribs with the curved side up and wrap the aluminium foil tightly around them, make sure to leave a funnel shape at one of the sides for later. Then, store the racks in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

  3. Set the oven to 110C/230F. Combine the Apple juice, Apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Whiskey, Honey and mashed garlic into a bowl and microwave for 1-2 minute until the honey dissolves. Next, poor the mixture into the funnel-shaped aluminium wrapped ribs. Place the ribs in the oven for 2 hours.

  4. Remove the ribs from the oven and poor the juices into a small sauce pan. Heat the sauce until the consistency of BBQ sauce, don't overheat it as it will burn!

  5. Set the oven broiler to high and cover the ribs in the thickened sauce. Place the racks in the oven and wait until the sauce starts to caramelize, do not walk away! It can take as little as 2 minutes.

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