Maple Barbecue Ribs

Recipe for Ann Herrmann's Maple Barbecue Ribs


1/4 cup maple syrup (preferably Grade B)
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup apple-cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
4 pounds pork or beef ribs
1 tablespoon salt


If cooking in an oven, preheat oven to 350°. (For grill, see instructions below.)

In a medium-size bowl, blend maple syrup, mustard, vinegar, and ketchup. Add cayenne if you like. Set aside.

Cut ribs into 4- to 5-inch lengths. Sprinkle lightly with salt and roast 1–1-¼ hours. Pour off all fat. Baste with sauce and roast another 30 minutes, basting and turning every 5 to 6 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes. Baste one last time and serve.

If cooking on the grill: Set it up for moderate indirect heat, set the ribs away from the heat source, and cook, covered, for the times indicated.



1-1/4 cup or 4 servings

Preparation Time

15 Minutes

Total Time

2 Hours

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