Bubblin’ Brown Sugar Baby Back Ribs #SundaySupper

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.

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