The BEST Whiskey Glazed Ribs

These Whiskey Glazed Ribs are the BEST ribs that I’ve ever had! Don’t just limit the sauce to these ribs – it’s good on anything you’d put barbecue sauce on. So delicious! 

The BEST Whiskey Glazed Ribs on a plate with baked beans and corn on the cob |

Several years ago, I posted my Whiskey Glazed baby back rib recipe that I had spent over a year working on. They are the most delicious ribs ever and you know that’s true if you’ve ever tried the recipe. I have made them countless times over the last several years & somehow – little by little, they’ve gotten even better.

I didn’t even know that was possible because they were already the best I’d ever had. What do you call it when you improve upon an already perfect recipe?

bbq ribs close up being held with a hand

Everything about these ribs are perfect.

I’m going to show you how easy it is to make the best rack of ribs you’ve ever had in your home too.

whiskey glazed ribs - rack of ribs

First – you have to start off with a good quality rack of ribs. That’s always important. I tend to go with Smithfield myself.

2 packs of Smithfield baby back ribs

Next is the seasoning. You can make your own barbecue seasoning or you can go with a pre-made one. I am awfully partial to the Georgia Boys All Purpose BBQ Rub at Savory Spice Shop myself. Sprinkle both sides of your rack of ribs liberally with it.

savory spice all purpose bbq rib and two racks of baby back ribs

Place the ribs on a baking sheet & cover it tightly with a double layer of toil foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 3 hours.

While the ribs are cooking, that’s when you make the whiskey sauce. It’s absolutely addictive.  If you keep dunking your finger in this sauce as it’s simmering, I can’t say I blame you one bit. Just be careful not to burn yourself – this food blog doesn’t carry liability insurance. 😉

It’s really simple to make (recipe is at the bottom of this post in the printable recipe format). I always use Jack Daniels for this recipe but, if you have a favorite whiskey – by all means, use it. The ingredients are super simple & it turns into a beautiful thick sauce as it simmers. Make sure you simmer it for the whole 90 minutes – you’re creating a rockstar after all! The flavors here are seriously gonna wow you.

Once the ribs have cooked for 3 hours in the oven, brush that glorious sauce all over them.

glazed baby back ribs - two racks

Now, time to get some gorgeous caramelization on these ribs! Fire up your grill, & sear these bad boys on each side while basting with more whiskey glaze every so often. I like to cook mine for about 10-15 minutes to get the amount of char that I like.

If you don’t want to fire up the grill, you can also pop them back in the oven on broil for a few minutes on each side, basting with whiskey glaze often, until you reach the caramelization that you like.

glazed baby back ribs on a grill

Now, dig in. I hope that you & your family love these ribs as much as we do.

This is by far our favorite way to eat ribs & I hope that they are enjoyed just as much by y’all!

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The BEST Whiskey Glazed Ribs


  • For the ribs:
  • 2 2 pound slabs of baby back ribs, silver skin removed, & cut in half
  • BBQ seasoning mix
  • For the whiskey glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
  • cup water
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Rub the BBQ spice mix on the front & back of the ribs. Place side by side on a large baking sheet. Wrap tightly in a double layer of aluminum foil, & bake for 3 hours. Let rest for about 10 minutes before unwrapping.
  • While the ribs are cooking, make the whiskey glaze. Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the onion & season with salt and pepper. Sauté on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, until the onions are lightly brown & caramelized. Add the minced garlic & cook for another minute. Mix in the garlic powder & chili powder - stirring it into the onions & butter. Mix in the rest of the glaze ingredients. Give it a good whisk. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for at least 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat your grill on high heat.  Brush the ribs generously with the sauce & place on the grill. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side, basting each side liberally with the whiskey glaze. Alternatively, you can put them in the oven on broil for a few minutes on each side until they reach the char you'd like, basting liberally on both sides.

This recipe has been shared on Meal Plan Monday.

The BEST Whiskey Glazed Ribs on a plate with baked beans and corn on the cob |