BBQ Salsa and Baby Back Ribs

The recipe for this sauce came out of necessity (as I believe most really good things do).

I wanted something special and homemade to slather on our smoked baby back ribs and I hardly had any ketchup in the house to make a ketchup based BBQ sauce.

What's a girl to do???  I've got it! Why not reach for the salsa instead?

Try this, I know you're going to like it and it certainly beats the heck out of your usual ketchup based BBQ sauce!


1-1/2 cups jarred salsa (your choice of heat level)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

-In a medium size sauce pan, over medium high heat, combine all ingredients and cook to reduce stirring occasionally (approximately 20 minutes).
-Easy peasy!

2 slabs of baby back ribs
apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
smoked paprika
brown sugar

-Place the ribs in a shallow pan and generously pour apple cider vinegar to both sides of the ribs.
-Season the ribs liberally (on both sides) with salt and pepper.
-Allow the ribs to sit for approximately 30 minutes with the apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper.
-Sprinkle the tops of the ribs with the smoked paprika and a light sprinkling of brown sugar.

-We cooked our ribs in the outdoor smoker at 275 degrees for 5 hours but you can also cook the ribs indoors in your oven at a low temperature - 300 degrees for 4-5 hours (you'll benefit here from having the smell of these babies permeate your home).
-Slather the BBQ Salsa on the ribs for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking and you're ready to eat!!!

I can hardly wait to try this sauce on chicken, burgers and even a pork roast or two. Try mixing a little into your meatloaf or substitute it for the sauce on your pizza. Oooooh, now THERE'S an idea!!!  Try it with a ham and pineapple pizza....Be still my heart!!!

BBQ Salsa and Baby Back Rib Recipe

Luckily for me, we have leftovers because I always cook like we're feeding an army!  I can hardly wait to warm these up for dinner tonight.  This picture is making me very hungry :)

I hope you enjoyed this recipe and will try it in your own kitchen.

Until we eat again!

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