Dec 2, 2011

Baby Back Ribs with Spiced Apple-Cider Mop Recipe from Weber's Big Book of Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance and Sandra S. McRae

Rating: 5 stars

3 Reviews

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 1 jalapeño chile peppers
  • 1 shallots

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 2 rack baby back ribs, each about 2 lb

Oil and Spices

  • 0.75 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.25 tsp kosher salt


  • 0.25 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar


  • 16 fl oz apple cider
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste



  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño chile pepper, seeds removed
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 racks baby back pork ribs, each about 2 pounds
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a small saucepan combine the apple cider, shallot, and jalapeño. Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat until about 1 cup of the liquid remains, 15 to 20 minutes.  Add the remaining mop ingredients, bring to a boil, and remove from heat. The mop can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to use.

  2. Using a dull knife slide the tip under the membrane covering the back of each rack of ribs. Lift and loosen the membrane until it breaks, then grab a corner with a paper towel and pull it off. Season the racks evenly with salt and pepper. Allow the racks to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.

  3. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the racks, bone side down, over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the meat is very tender and has pulled back from the ends of the bones, 1½ to 2 hours. Baste the ribs frequently with the mop throughout grilling time, but stop basting during the last 10 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing into individual ribs. Serve warm.

3 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Mark E

First time for everything!!

This is the first time I ever made ribs that were eatable.
I followed the directions, and that's all you need to do
Thanks Weber for showing me the way to great ribs.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

Seth K

great mop!

Very nice mop. Light enough to taste the pork, but enough flavor to make them interesting. Definitely recommend trying.

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Rating: 5 stars

Jun 27, 2016

Mark P


I did it exactly as the recipe specified and they turned out perfect. Mine too about 90 mins at 350. Added sauce about every 10-15 minutes. They were fantastic! The mop was delicious and not overly spicy. I think the mop would also be good as a sauce on chicken.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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