Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Baby Back Ribs #SundaySupper

[ 46 ] July 1, 2012 |

Seems like only last week I was prepping my #SundaySupper post to celebrate Memorial weekend, and now here we are already talking about the 4th of July, next Wednesday.  Holy cow!  Where does the time go?

This week’s theme for Sunday Supper is all about celebrating the 4th of July with family and friends. Nothing is more fun to me than grillin’ and chillin’ on a lazy Sunday evening.  With the weather’s current temps here in Atlanta pushing triple digits, there was no way I wanted the oven on in the kitchen.  The only appliance I wanted on was the blender crushing some ice for my margarita.

I braved the incredible heat to dash to my local market.  I would love to say I was inspired by the freshness everywhere, but to be honest, I was convinced by the holiday sale prices!  Juicy ribs, gorgeous corn on the cob, and new potatoes all joined in sweet harmony to belt out a chorus of Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Baby Back Ribs! Yeah, that’s not really a song, but whatever.

The last time I made ribs, they were pretty tasty, but under the BBQ sauce, the meat was just not as flavorful as I wanted. This time I decided to marinate the ribs first. I know the basics of a marinade consists of an acid and usually an oil, so I decided to try and see if I could take a good rub recipe and turn it into a marinade.

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 Cup olive oil
1/4 Cup white or cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons water

1. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly
2. Pour marinade over spareribs and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes, turning halfway through to coat completely.
3. Grill over indirect heat on low until cooked through.
4. Move to direct heat, slather with BBQ sauce, and continue to grill until sauce caramelizes and ribs are done to your level of charred perfection.

My trial was a complete success!    The ribs were delicious!  DH agreed the marinade added more flavor to the ribs.  Now I did leave out the cayenne pepper, but next time, I think I may try a little red pepper flake or even my spicy chili flavored oil to kick the heat up just a tad.  I love the combination of sweet and a little kick of heat.  Now that I know I can create my own marinade, I am ready to experiment some more, and go find some new dishes to try this week from all my foodie friends participating in this week’s Sunday Supper event!
So….as, Isabel said earlier this week in her post getting us all psyched, “Let the Fireworks Begin!” and go check out some of the other great posts this week along with me.
Main Dishes:

Salads and Sides:

Fabulous Pairings by Martin from ENOFYLZ

Oh, and you can find the rub recipe I used as a base for my marinade here from About.com.

Join us this week for our largest collection of blogger recipes yet for #SundaySupper. We want you to share yours with us!  The fun starts at 3pm EST and lasts all afternoon until dinner time and sometimes beyond.  All you have to do is follow the hashtag #sundaysupper on twitter.


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Happily married with two children, Karen does not hesitate to rebuff her family’s hungry advances at mealtime, while she styles and photographs their dinner to share on Instagram before serving them. In The Kitchen With KP is full of family friendly adventures around Atlanta (and beyond), plus simple recipes everyone can feel comfortable trying. In fact, her whole family participates in the cooking/baking fun on a regular basis.

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  1. Renee says:

    Oh yea! Bring on the ribs! Yummy
    Renee recently posted..Red Velvet Brownies for #4thofJuly #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. Nicole @ The Daily Dish
    Twitter: dailydishrecipe

    Karen, I feel like I could smell those. They look mouthwatering and so good! Perfect choice for SundaySupper. Have a fantastic day!
    Nicole @ The Daily Dish recently posted..S’mores Pastries for Fourth of July Fun! #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • karenhartzell says:

      Thanks, Nicole! It was so hot cooking them, I really couldn’t even smell that usual awesome grilling aroma! But boy did they smell good when I brought them back into the AC. YUM!

  3. Amber says:

    IN LOVE with your BBQ sauce! I can’t wait to try this! Your ribs looks absolutely delicious!

    • karenhartzell says:

      I was impressed by my own creativity, Amber. I am a maker of recipes, not an inventor. :-) Hope you give it a whirl!

  4. You really can’t go wrong with ribs and corn on the cob. Delicious!
    Lane @ Supper for a Steal recently posted..Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. Now I’m craving ribs! These look fabulous!
    Jen @ Juanita’s Cocina recently posted..Sweet ‘n Tender Crockpot Brisket ~ #SundaySupper for the 4th of July!My Profile

  6. diabeticFoodie
    Twitter: diabeticFoodie

    Can’t go wrong with ribs and corn on the cob for 4th of July!
    diabeticFoodie recently posted..Bean Salad with Pickled Vegetables for 4th of July #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Mama F says:

    yum!! I love BBQ ribs, we will have to try your sauce recipe!
    Mama F recently posted..Texas Smoked Brisket for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • karenhartzell says:

      I think my husband has been under the notion ribs are really fatty and greasy. When you find and make them the right way, they are so delicious! I have made a believer out of him after this go round!

  8. Patti says:

    I am saving this one for sure! I need some baby back, baby back……

  9. Laura Hunter says:

    I think it is destiny that I am meant to make ribs. I realized after reading another post that I have never tried making ribs myself and it looks so good I am thinking I need to rectify this issue soon.
    Laura Hunter recently posted..Grilled Chicken in a Blueberry BBQ Sauce #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious
    Twitter: damn_delicious

    I made ribs for this week’s #SundaySupper too! Your rub looks amazing, and it has definitely been bookmarked for my next ribs recipe!
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious recently posted..Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic Peach BBQ Sauce #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Oh yeah, there is always room for ribs!
    Laura @ Family Spice recently posted..Red, White and Blue Cake with Berries, Coconut and Rum for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. mommasmeals says:

    Mmmmm I just bought ribs for our vacation I may just have to give this one a go!! Yummy for #SundaySupper!

  13. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Twitter: #vintagekitchen1

    I think is time I make ribs like yours. They make my hungry! Nice pictures
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..White Chocolate Berry Tart #SundaySupperMy Profile

  14. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
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    Here´s my twitter name
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..White Chocolate Berry Tart #SundaySupperMy Profile

  15. The ribs looks juicy and delicious! I love ribs, and could eat them all summer long. I have never marinaded them before though, will have to try that next time.

  16. RedKathy says:

    Oh yeah well it should be a song… This dinner sings with deliciousness and you braved the heat to prepare it too. Definitely a rockin’ song in my book :)
    RedKathy recently posted..Roasted Red Pepper & White Bean Salad #SundaySupperMy Profile

  17. Veronica Backman says:

    I love barbecue!! Juicy and delicious, can’t wait to cook a batch of them this Monday.

  18. Ribs are meant for summertime barbecues. These look AMAZING! Do you deliver ;)

  19. These look out of this world! Love ribs and never make them – will have to try!
    Katherine Martinelli recently posted..Roasted (or Grilled!) Asparagus for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  20. Clecira says:

    The ribs look amazing! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  21. Aletéia says:

    What a great recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

  22. Elisa says:

    great post! thanks for sharing!

  23. Carmen says:

    This blog is wonderful. Following you to see more posts.

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