These Chipotle Baby Back Ribs are sweet and spicy, with hints of chipotle chile pepper, and cinnamon, and the sweetness of brown sugar and maple syrup. These ribs can be baked or grilled a day ahead and finished on grill or in oven just before serving.
Every time we cook pork ribs I think back to a family reunion several years back. It was at my Uncle Pierce’s house in the North Georgia mountains. Tons of my kinfolk were gathered together there catching up, swapping stories, and enjoying each other’s company. It was hard not to be happy surrounded by so many familiar smiling faces. Plus, the aroma from the slow cooking pork from Uncle Pierce’s big honking grill wafting amongst us made it even better.
Uncle Chef Pierce seemed to be enjoying the gathering even more than everyone else. His dry-rubbed ribs were so tasty and delightful, maybe even as delightful as the company.
Since that reunion Randy began using a dry rub most of time the when he cooked pork shoulders or ribs. He bought a few mixes to use the first few times, but then started mixing his own concoctions.
Dry Rub mixes are easy to make and adjust the seasonings to change things up. This recipe for Chipotle Baby Back Ribs, discovered at McCormick, is a real winner. With hints of smoky Chipotle and cinnamon, and a bit of sweetness from brown sugar it’s a drool-inducing dish for sure. To make it even easier, the baby back ribs can be prepared a day ahead and cooked in an oven or grill, then finished off just before serving.
- ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons Chipotle chile pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 3 pounds pork baby back ribs
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- Preheat oven or grill to 375°F. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, chili powder, chipotle chile pepper, cinnamon and garlic salt and rub spice mixture evenly on ribs.
- Place ribs in single layer on foil-lined roasting pan. Pour water into pan. Cover with foil.
- Bake 1 hour or until meat starts to pull away from bones. Brush ribs with maple syrup.
- Broil or grill over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes per side or until ribs are evenly browned.