Bourbon-Honey Baby Back Ribs

Bourbon-Honey Baby Back Ribs

Hands-On: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 6


  • 1 cup bourbon
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 (3-pound) slabs pork baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided


  1. Heat a camping stove or grill to high (about 400° to 450°F).
  2. Place the bourbon in a saucepan on the camping stove or grilling grate. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about ½ cup, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the honey, vinegar, pepper, and onion powder, and cook, stirring occasionally until slightly syrupy, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low (about 300° to 325°F). rub the ribs with the salt and ¼ cup of the oil. Wrap each slab separately in heavy-duty aluminum foil, wrapping tightly to form a packet. Place on grilling grate, and cook until the ribs are tender and done, about 1 ½ hours, turning the packets occasionally. Carefully remove from the grilling grate. Brush the grilling grate with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and increase the heat to medium-high (about 375° to 400°F). Remove the ribs from the foil, and arrange on the grilling grate. Cook, basting often with the bourbon sauce, until a crust forms on the outside of the ribs, about 2 minutes. Remove the ribs, and brush with the bourbon sauce. Cut the ribs between the bones, and serve with the remaining bourbon sauce.

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