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! 

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?

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

The BEST Whiskey Glazed Ribs

Ingredients:

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
  • 1¼ cup water
  • 6oz 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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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This recipe has been shared on Meal Plan Monday.