Lone Star Barbecue Spareribs
You can vary the sauce for the spareribs according to your taste, of course, but you and yours will love it "by the book." The recipe easily doubles if you are feeding more than 4 or 5 people and have a grill or pit to accommodate that much meat. Remember, you are not grilling directly over the coals, so you won't be able to use the entire grill surface.
Start your sauce: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. When it begins to bubble, add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients, stir and turn heat to medium-low. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes until mixture is somewhat reduced and thickened. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings, if you think it necessary.
When your grill is ready, put the ribs, bone side down, in the center of the grill. Make sure that the drippings won't drip directly onto the heat source. Cover the grill and open the vents enough to make sure there's air flow. Grill the ribs for 1 hour, turning at 30 minutes and one hour.
If you need to build up your fire again, add more coals at this point. Be sure to keep the lid closed at all times unless you are tending the ribs or the coals.
About 15 minutes before they are due to be ready, give the ribs a good basting on both sides with the sauce. Bring the sauce back to a gentle boil for a few minutes. When the ribs are done to your liking, take them off the grill and serve immediately with the sauce on the side.
Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell
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