What is it about Applebee's Restaurant?
Ask anyone to name their favorite casual dining restaurants and you can bet that Applebees will be up there close to the top along with the superior Outback Steakhouse or Olive Garden. Applebee's Grill just seems to have its finger on the pulse of the American diner.
Baby Back Ribs are the most popular item on Applebee's menu and are incredibly easy to make at home. The BBQ sauce is surprisingly simple and has only 6 ingredients. Not sure if they sell the Barbeque Sauce by the bottle at the restaurants or online. (If anyone knows, please let me know.)
Applebees boiled their ribs. This is a method of cooking designed to be quick and easy -- important in a restaurant where you have teenagers manning the grills and you serve hundreds of dinners a night. You don't have either of these problems (as far as I know, anyway.) So you can use any superior cooking method that you like.
The magic is in the sauce at Applebees. Put it back where it belongs -- in the meat.
Applebees' Baby Back Ribs
I usually make 2 batches of the sauce. One for basting and one for dipping at the table.
3 racks of Baby-Back Pork Ribs, each rack cut in half (about one pound each)
1 cup Ketchup
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
3 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Liquid Smoke
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Put ribs in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until meat becomes fork-tender.
Mix remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often, 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.
Line broiler pan with foil for easy cleanup.
Place ribs, meat side down, on broiler-pan rack, brush with 1/2 the sauce and broil 4 - 5 inches from heat source for 6 - 7 minutes.
Turn ribs over, brush with remaining sauce and broil 6 - 7 minutes longer or until edges are just slightly charred.
Serve with dipping sauce if you followed my advice and made two batches.
Makes about 4 servings for normal people or 1 serving for a True BBQ Fanatic.
Takes about 1 1/4 hours with about 4 minutes actual work time.
Boiling may be how Applebee's does it but you don't have to. Boiling is a quick and easy cooking technique for ribs but is not the best way to cook them. You lose too much of the flavor when you pour out the water. See my website http://www.weekendgrillers.com for better Barbequing and Grilling Techniques with more coming soon.
Besides the BBQ and Grilling Authority Site "The Weekend Grillers", Mark Hester runs the Best Copycat Restaurant Recipes Blog at http://bestcopycatrestaurantrecipes.blogspot.com/ where you can find this recipe and many more of your Restaurant Favorites you can make at home.
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