Grilled Apple Cider Ribs
* 2 C of apple cider
* 1/2 C shallots, minced
* 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
* 1/4 C ketchup
* 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
* 2 tbsp tomato paste
* 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/4 tsp pepper
* 3 slabs (4 lbs) baby back ribs
* 1 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp pepper
1. In a pan over medium high heat, place the cider, shallots and jalapeno pepper.
2. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil 15 minutes until only 1 Cup of liquid remains.
3. Whisk in the ketchup, vinegar, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
4. Bring this back to a boil and when boiling rapidly remove from heat.
5. Allow the ribs to set out at room temperature for 20 minutes.
6. Set the grill on medium high heat.
7. Baste the ribs with the cider mixture.
8. Place the ribs over indirect heat, rib side down.
9. Grill 1 hour or until the meat begins to pull away from the bone.
10. Be sure to baste the ribs often the first 45 minutes of grilling time.
Apple cider always mixes well with savory ingredients like shallots, jalapeno peppers, vinegar, and tomato paste. The dark brown sugar gives these ribs a real dark, down home look and taste. Even if you already have a favorite barbecue sauce, you may want to give this a try, just to see what you might be missing!