Scott Hibb's Amazing Whisky Grilled Baby Back Ribs


Man, when your guests bite into these at the Memorial Day cookout, they'll savor meat so tender and juicy that it slides right off the bone and gets you the respect you deserve! I have found that the major restaurant chains who make this awesome dish pre-cook their ribs SLOWLY before the quick grilling process.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 (2 pound) slabs baby back pork ribs

  • coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground red chile pepper

  • 2 ¼ tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ cup minced onion

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 2 ½ tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • ¼ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 teaspoons whiskey

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses

  • ½ tablespoon ground red chile pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degree F (150 degrees C).

  2. Cut each full rack of ribs in half, so that you have 4 half racks. Sprinkle salt and pepper (more pepper than salt), and 1 tablespoon chile pepper over meat. Wrap each half rack in aluminum foil. Bake for 2 1/2 hours.

  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir the onions in oil for 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, liquid smoke, whiskey, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, dark molasses, and 1/2 tablespoon ground chile pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 1 1/4 hours, uncovered, or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat, and set sauce aside.

  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

  5. Remove the ribs from the oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Remove the racks from the foil, and place on the grill. Grill the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Brush sauce on the ribs while they're grilling, just before you serve them (adding it too early will burn it).

    looking down at grilled baby back ribs with some cut
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1029 Calories
68g Fat
53g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1029
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g 87%
Saturated Fat 23g 117%
Cholesterol 234mg 78%
Sodium 1720mg 75%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 46g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 11mg 55%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1198mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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