Easy Apple Butter BBQ Ribs

Apple Butter BBQ Ribs
Judy Hanneman
  • Yield: 4 servings


3-4pounds pork baby back ribs (about 1 slab)
For Rub:
1/2cup brown sugar
1tablespoon garlic powder
2teaspoons onion powder
1/2teaspoon thyme
1/2teaspoon salt
1/4teaspoon pepper
1/8teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Apple Butter BBQ Sauce
1/2cup good BBQ sauce (like Sweet Baby Ray's)
1/4cup apple butter


  1. Mix rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Prepare ribs by removing membrane covering the bone (silverskin) as this prevents the ribs from curling as they cook.
  3. Rub all sides of the ribs with prepared rub. Place ribs in a large plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.

To prepare on the grill: 

  1. You will cook the ribs on the unlit side of the grill, so place a drip pan under that grill rack. Light one side, close lid and preheat until internal grill temp is 300°F. Place ribs on unlit side, close lid and cook for approximately 3 hours, or internal temp of ribs is 170°F.
  2. Brush with BBQ sauce and transfer to lit side to crisp the ribs and brown the sauce.
  3. Remove to a serving platter, cover with foil and let the ribs sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Cut into 2-rib portions.

To prepare in the oven: 

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Place ribs on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast for approximately 3 hours.
  2. Brush with BBQ sauce and pop under the broiler for about 2 minutes each side.

To prepare in slow cooker: 

  1. Cut ribs in 2-rib portions to fit inside the crock. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 5 hours, or until ribs are 170°F. Remove ribs and drain off any accumulated liquid in the crock. Wipe the crock dry with paper towels.
  2. Place ribs back in crock and pour desired amount of BBQ sauce over ribs—I suggest no more than 1/2 cup as you want the flavor of the rub to come through and not be overshadowed by the strength of the BBQ sauce. Cover and cook on high about
    30 minutes, or until glazed.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Cupboard To Table Cookbook © 2016 by Judy Hanneman, The Countryman Press.

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