Bourbon & Apple BBQ Pork Ribs


A little bit of preparation the day before, makes these finger-licking ribs super easy and delicious.

Serves 2-4 (depending on how hungry you are)


Spice Rub

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 3 tbs sweet paprika

  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1.5kg Freckle Farm pork spare ribs

Bourbon Apple Barbecue Sauce

  • 30g butter

  • 1 brown onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika

  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder

  • 1/2 cup bourbon whisky

  • 1 cup cider vinegar

  • 2 cups reduced salt chicken stock

  • 2 cups ketchup

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Method - Spice Rub (Do this the day before)

  1. Place the ribs in a large baking dish.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix all the spice rub ingredients together and rub into the ribs.

  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, and up to 24 hours.

Method - Bourbon Apple BBQ Sauce

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes or until the garlic is tender.

  2. Stir in the paprika and mustard, then stir in the bourbon and vinegar, bring just to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in the stock, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Add the apples and lemon juice and bring the sauce to a simmer over high heat.

  3. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, for about 1 hour or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly. Remove from heat.

Method - Ribs!

  1. Place the spiced rubbed ribs into a greased slow cooker. Layer the ribs in the slow cooker bowl with some of the BBQ sauce between each layer of ribs, so they are all nice and coated. Make sure there is about 1/3 of the BBQ sauce left over.

  2. Cook the ribs in the slow cooker on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven grill.

  4. Place the cooked ribs in a single even layer in a baking pan and baste with some of the left over BBQ sauce.

  5. Grill the ribs until the sauce starts to caramelise and you get those really yummy sticky bits around the edges.

  6. Ribs are then good to eat with your favourite sides.


Ingredients available from our shop

Pork Spare Ribs
from 11.95


These pork spare ribs are a delicious treat. Great as party food or an inexpensive mid-week dinner.

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