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Baby Backribs with Apple-Butter Barbecue Sauce
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 to 2 1/4 hours
Serves: 6-8
  • Two racks Swift Premium® Pork Loin Backribs (5 to 5 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons apple pie spice blend
  • Apple-Butter Barbecue Sauce:
  • 2 cups apple butter
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 5 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
Cooking Directions:
  1. For ribs, combine brown sugar, salt, and apple pie spice; rub on both sides of ribs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 6 hours.
  2. For sauce, combine apple butter, tomato paste, water, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Preheat oven to 275°F. Pour 2 cups water in the bottom of a 13 x 10 1/2 inch broiler pan. Unwrap ribs; place, bone sides down, on broiler rack over the water. Tightly cover with heavy foil. Bake for 2 to 2 1/4 hours or until tender.
  4. Transfer ribs to cutting board and carefully discard water in broiler pan. Line broiling pan rack with the foil. Return ribs to foil-lined rack in broiler pan; generously brush with sauce.
  5. Preheat oven broiler. Broil ribs 4 inches from heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until heated through, turning over and brushing with sauce halfway through broiling. Heat remaining sauce in microwave until warm. Transfer ribs to cutting board. Cut into 6 to 8 portions; brush with heated sauce and serve with any remaining sauce.
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Two racks Swift Premium® Pork Loin Backribs (5 to 5 1/2 pounds total)