Sticky Cracked Ribs

Sticky Cracked Ribs
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  • 8Servings


  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 4 racks (about 1 1/2 lbs. each) baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup apple jelly or apricot jam
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar


In a small bowl, whisk salt, sugar, chile powder and pepper. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. of the spice rub on the meaty side of each rib rack. Let stand for 1 hour or wrap and refrigerate for up to 1 day. (Let chilled ribs stand for 1 hour before baking.)

Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees . Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Lay 2 rib racks, meaty side up, on each sheet. Bake until fork-tender and browned, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, in a medium pan, heat the EVOO over medium. Add the onion; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Add the garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup water, the apple jelly, ketchup and vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring, until reduced by one-fourth, 20 minutes.

Preheat broiler. Brush bottoms of ribs with the sauce, then generously brush the tops. Working in batches, broil until glaze bubbles. Cut between ribs. Serve with the remaining sauce.