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Chili's Grilled Baby Back Ribs

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 5.00. Votes: 3
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Menu Description: "Full rack of ribs 'double-basted' w/BBQ sauce. Served w/cinnamon apples & homestyle fries."

One day the suits are sitting around a conference table taking in a pitch for TV ads filled with songs about baby back ribs and barbecue sauce. Soon after that Chili's launches its campaign featuring choreographed cooks in the back kitchen banging on pots and pans and belting out a jazzy ode to the meaty entree. Silly as it may seem, the tune was catchy, and the chain's baby back ribs racked up big sales. Now you can sing your own tune while re-creating the Chili's baby back experience without leaving the house. The flavor is found in the sauce, and the cooking secret is a slow-braising technique prior to grilling that will keep the meat juicy and tender like the original.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring (hickory)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 racks baby back ribs
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      1. Make the barbecue sauce by combining all of the ingredients for the sauce in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer sauce, stirring often, for 45 to 60 minutes or until sauce is thick.   

      2. When you're ready to make the ribs, preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

      3. Brush sauce over the entire surface of each rack of ribs. Wrap each rack tightly in aluminum foil and arrange the packets on a baking sheet with the seam of the foil facing up. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the meat on the ribs has pulled back from the cut ends of the bones by about 1/2 inch. When the ribs are just about done, preheat your barbecue grill to medium heat. 

      4. Remove the ribs from the foil (careful not to burn yourself—the liquid inside will be hot) and grill them on the barbecue for 4 to 8 minutes per side or until the surface of the ribs is beginning to char. Brush sauce on both sides of the ribs a few minutes before you remove them from the grill. Just be sure not to brush on the sauce too soon or it could burn. 

      5. Serve the ribs with extra sauce on the side and lots of napkins.

      Makes 4 servings.

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Stacy Burr
Sep 9, 2012, 22:00

Thanks for letting me fool the in-laws. If I knew how to post a comment about this website's employees I would let everyone know that they are prompt and professional. I lost this recipe and contacted them for help. I had the recipe put into my recipe box the next day. Not many people can say this anymore.

Sep 15, 2005, 22:00

My family loves this recipe. They request it all the time and I end up making this for our friends too. Great work!!!

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