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June 12, 2011
Baby Back Ribs
with a Mustard BBQ Sauce

I opened my freezer one afternoon and I saw a bag very neatly wrapped around some sort of meat. To be honest I wasn't quite sure what it was. I opened it up and saw a trimmed rack of ribs! Oh how could I forget about this. I thawed out the rack and decided to do something a bit different by making a mustard based BBQ sauce. Here's what happened:

mustard barbecue sauce for ribs


Baby Back Ribs with a dry rub applied

For the Mustard BBQ Sauce:
1 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup diced onion
2 cloves of garlic (diced)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Hot Sauce
1 T butter

I put a simple BBQ dry rub on the ribs and let them rest overnight in the fridge. The next afternoon I lit my Weber Smokey Mountain BBQ smoker to produce a solid 250 degree heat for 3-4 hours. Check out this page for how to light your Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker. I made a little temperature table which is shown below. I really had a nice even heat all afternoon:

Time Temperature
2:00 200
2:30 255
3:00 300
3:30 275
4:00 245
4:30 250
5:00 230

bbq ribs

I always wonder if there is a difference between vertical smoking of a rack of ribs and laying the rack horizontally. The above picture sure shows a nice puddle of juice which has accumulated on the back of the rack of ribs. I'm sure this contributes at least a little bit to the overall moisture of the rib rack.

barbecue ribs after 3 hours

The above pictures were taken right before the ribs were removed from the smoker after about 3 hours.

how to make a mustard based barbecue sauce

When there was about an hour or so left for the smoking of the ribs I started making the mustard sauce. It is a very easy sauce to make in that you simply assemble all the ingredients (except the butter), put them in a small sauce pan, and simmer for about 15-30 min stirring often. After the simmer put the sauce into a food processor to smooth it out a bit and add the tablespoon of butter to thicken it up a bit.

spicy mustard sauce for ribs

Mrs. Grilling24x7 didn't want any ribs for dinner so I grilled some really nice Filet Mignons as well.

ribs and steak

This was a really nice BBQ sauce that is a total break from the normal tomato based sauces. It was different and provided a really nice, almost crazy, addition to the ribs. I think the sauce would also be amazing on pulled pork.

mustard sauce for BBQ ribs

mustard bbq sauce

The sauce recipe was found on an internet BBQ discussion forum. It is slightly modified from what I believe is called "Roxy's Mustard Sauce."

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