Last night, I made ribs for dinner.  These are sloppy, sticky, sweet, spicy, savory and finger licking good ribs and that’s how we like them.   Over the years, this recipe has changed but this is now my standard recipe.   I learned how to make these from my husband so much of the credit goes to him.   I know the list of ingredients are very nonconventional but I love dumping a lot of flavors into these. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Sweet, Sticky, Sloppy, Savory and Spicy Ribs

For the marinade

  • 2 to 3 lbs of pork ribs cut into individual pieces
  • 4 Tbsp Trader Joe’s General Tsao’s stir fry sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Sweet Chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder

For the bbq sauce: mix together

  • 1/3 cup Trader Joes brand Barbeque sauce
  • 1/3 cup Kraft’s Honey Barbeque sauce
  • 1/3 cup Chipotle barbeque sauce (we have an organic brand by “Full Circle”)

In large pot, bring water to a boil.  Dump ribs into pot and bring back to boil.  Decrease heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.  Skim gunk from top.

Remove ribs into large bowl and while hot, dump the remaining ingredients for the marinade and mix (I use gloves and mix with my hands).  Let sit for a few hours at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.

When ready, cook on grill and smother with sauce.   Flip and continue to smother with sauce.  This doesn’t take long and you just need to cook it so that it is warm through and through and the barbeque sauce becomes bubbly and carmelized.  No need to worry about doneness since they are already fully cooked. You can also cook this in the oven.   Put rack close to the top and use the broil setting.  Slather ribs and watch carefully so it doesn’t burn, flip over and smother again to cook the other side.  Easy peasy.