It's summertime and livin' is easy. And what's summer without cooking some fall-off-the-bone, lip-smacking, finger licking good ribs? Joe's whiskey grilled baby back ribs are the perfect entree to serve at your next summer barbecue. Although the list of ingredients and cooking times are long, the hands-on portion of this rib recipe is not too demanding. And trust us, this recipe is well worth the cooking wait time. The combination of ingredients like red chili pepper, Worcestershire sauce and whiskey create a unique, but mouthwatering flavor for the ribs. Make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand, things might get messy. Give this recipe a try at your next backyard BBQ and let us know what you think!

 Serves 4

Joe’s Whiskey Grilled Baby Back Ribs


  • 2-2 lb slabs baby back pork ribs
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tbl ground red chili pepper
  • 2 1/4 tbl vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tbl Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp liquid smoke flavoring
  • 2 tsp whiskey
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbl honey
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbl dark molasses
  • 1/2 tbl ground red chili pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300° F (150° C)
  2. Cut each full rack of ribs in half, so that you have 4 half racks
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper (more pepper than salt), and 1 tablespoon chili pepper over meat. Wrap each half rack in aluminum foil
  4. Bake for 2 1/2 hours
  5. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, add onions and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in water, tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, and Worcestershire sauce
  6. Add 2 teaspoons salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, liquid smoke, whiskey, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, dark molasses, and 1/2 tablespoon ground chili pepper
  7. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat. Simmer uncovered until sauce thickens, may take an hour or more. Remove from heat and set aside
  8. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat
  9. Remove the ribs from the oven and let stand 10 minutes
  10. Remove the ribs from the foil, and place on the grill
  11. Grill the ribs for 3 to 4 minutes on each side
  12. Brush sauce on the ribs while they’re grilling, just before you serve them (adding it too early will burn it)
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