Fourth of July BBQ - Spare Ribs Recipe

In Kansas City, where I'm from, BBQ is king. It's hard to compete with some of the great bbq restaurants around here, but this spare rib recipe comes close to beating them.  I'm always looking for good recipes for holiday parties, and this is one that I have made and shared several times.  I can prepare the spare ribs in advance and take them to parties, picnics, camping, etc.  as well.  If grilling at home for guests, get the ingredients ready and put the meat on as guests arrive.  

Get the following ingredients for the marinade:
  • 8 and ¾ oz of tomato ketchup
  • 7/8 fl oz of chilli sauce
  • ½ Tbsp cumin powder
  • 4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 7 oz honey
  • 3 1⁄3 fl oz soy sauce
  • 8 garlic cloves , minced
  • 8 ½ fl oz water
  • 1 ¾ oz sugar
Mix all of that together in a medium size saucepan to get the barbecue sauce. Whisk together and bring to a boil. Cook for another minute and remove from the heat. Of course you can also get your favorite barbecue sauce to use as a marinade but where's the fun in that!

Cook Spare Ribs by adding them into a large saucepan and pouring half of the barbecue sauce. Add water to almost cover the ribs and bring it to boil. Then, turn down the heat and cover the lid and simmer for 2 and half hours until the meat is tender. You can check whether the the spare ribs are done or not by inserting a knife into the meat -- if there's little resistance then it's ready. Use a slotted spoon or a tong to remove the ribs from the saucepan into a tray. Let them dry off a bit before they're barbecued.
You can prepare the grill about 30 to 45 minutes before the meat is done. If you're using a charcoal grill, which is the best for that smoky smell and taste, wait until the charcoal is turned white and there are no more flames. It's easier if you're using an electric grill -- light it up and turn it to high and leave it about 20 minutes to heat up.
Dip the spare ribs into the rest of the barbecue sauce and place them on the grill. Cook for about two minutes. Turn the ribs over, brush with more barbecue sauce and cook for 2 more minutes. Repeat the same thing once more and remove the ribs from the grill.

Put the ribs into a serving dish and garnish with coriander. You can have coleslaw on the side, and either corn on the cob or grilled vegetables would be a great accompaniment.  Most importantly, have fun and enjoy this fourth of July!

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