Honey and Onion Ribs

honey onion ribs

Adapted from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. Rubbing a special spice mixture into these ribs, chilling them, grilling them, and then slathering them with a special sauce creates a taste treat too good to miss.

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 5 minutes, plus 2-24 hours to chill
Cooking Time: 25 minutes for the sauce, plus 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours to grill
Difficulty Level: Average


  • 3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 3 1/2 to 4 lb. pork loin baby back ribs
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup beer
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Preparation Instructions

Stir together dry ingredients in a small bowl. Reserve 3 tbsp. of mixture. Sprinkle remaining mixture over both sides of the ribs and rub it in.

Place ribs in baking dish. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours.

When ready to grill, place ribs, bone sides down, on lightly greased grill, over a medium flame. Cover and grill for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, or until ribs are tender.

While ribs are cooking, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients, along with reserved spice mixture. Simmer, uncovered, until sauce is thickened and reduced to about 1 1/2 cups liquid, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When ribs are nearly finished cooking, about the last 5 minutes, brush generously with sauce.

Remove ribs from grill and cut into serving portions. Serving with remaining sauce.

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