Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs Recipe Summer Grilling So Fresh & Easy

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Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs Recipe Summer Grilling So Fresh & Easy

Yep, totally happened! Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs! I know! That is some serious good Summer grilling right there!  We had a big ole shin-dig over Memorial Day weekend and whipped up some Bourbon BBQ. Because, Bourbon. And Summer grilling. And Ribs!! Ya know what? I’ll never, ever, ever, never use regular BBQ sauce again! Like, never! I totally scored a deal on the baby back ribs and sweet corn at Fresh & Easy, so it was an even sweeter summer grilling day! Ribs on sale for $1.99 lb and corn 4 for $.99… Whaaaat?? I love Fresh & Easy like you wouldn’t believe! High quality, all natural and organic products without braving the Vegas heat at the farmer’s market! We had a house full too! Bourbon BBQ Ribs = Huge Hit! I was hoping my oldest son would be here this year but he’s still overseas until mid-June. Kinda bummed but he’ll be back in the states with plenty of time left to enjoy some Summer grilling! I know what I’ll be whipping up for his welcome home party! What did you do over the long holiday weekend? I’m just nosy like that…

I know, you want the Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs recipe, so let’s get our summer grilling on, M’kay?

Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs Ingredients

2 Slabs of Ribs (preferably Baby Back) Mine were on sale at Fresh & Easy for $1.99lb!
** If you use only 1 slab, easy peasy cut the recipe in 1/2, but you knew that **

Spice Rub:

  • 1/2 Cup Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Chipolte Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4/ Cup Powdered Garlic
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Parsley

Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Basting Sauce:

  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Cup Bourbon (I used American Honey, I like American Honey! Let’s not split hairs over Tennessee VS Kentucky)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (available at Fresh & Easy all year long!)

Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Apple Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

  • 8 oz. Apple Jelly (apple butter might be good, tell me if that works)
  • 1 Cup Barbecue Sauce (I used plain, no flavor, cheapo stuff)
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider
  • 2 TBSP Bourbon (I used a weeeee bit more, probably)

Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs Directions:

Let’s start by 1st rinsing and dry pat your ribs. We want to prep these soon to be awesome Bourbon BBQ Ribs for our fun Summer Grilling party friends and family. These will have a nice ‘kick’, let’s not get them sick too. Using a paring knife (or other super sharp  knife) remove the papery membrane from the back of your ribs. Rub them with a good quality olive oil. We’re using Bourbon, why skimp on oil, right?

Mix all the dry rub ingredients together in a large bowl using a whisk. Make sure it is thoroughly mixed so you don’t have anyone biting into a hot spot!  Apply the rub to the ribs liberally , really coat them good!  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is best)

Take the ribs out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking. Now, fire up that grill baby! If you’re using a charcoal grill, pile up your hot coals on one side of the grill. If using gas (we use gas) turn the burners off on 1 side.

Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Place your ribs directly on the fire (or heated burners) and sear them on both sides. Should take just a couple minutes per side. Don’t let them burn, we’re not cooking the Bourbon BBQ ribs completely, just some nice sear marks. Move to the indirect heat side of your grill. Cover grill and let them cook for at least 2 hours (slowly) While they are cooking make your Basting Sauce by whisking all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Baste your ribs with the sauce every 15 to 20 minutes. This is important so they don’t dry out. These Bourbon BBQ Ribs are fall off the bone full of the awesome if you follow me here! While those are slow grilling, let’s whip up the BBQ sauce!

Directions for BBQ Sauce:
In medium saucepan, melt the apple jelly on medium heat, stirring constantly. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients until you have a smooth sauce. I found this is a bit thinner in consistency than store bought sauces. But it tastes a hell of a lot better. Trust me! Summer grilling just went to a whole new level!

Bourbon BBQ Ribs Summer Grilling

Two hours into cooking pick up your rib slab with tongs. If they start pulling away from the bone they are almost done. If they don’t cover and check every 15 minutes. Brush them generously with your Bourbon BBQ Sauce and then place them back on the direct fire. Cook about 15 minutes, until the sauce caramelizes. This is where I started picking pieces off and ‘taste-testing’… Don’t. Once you start, you won’t stop. Then all your friends and family waiting on a smashing summer grilling party will be grumpy because you’re eating and they aren’t. Resist the urge! Remove ribs from the grill. It is always a good idea to let them rest about 15 minutes prior to separating. And that’s it! You just made the most amazeballs Apple Bourbon BBQ Ribs ever!! Enjoy! We also grilled up that sweet corn we picked up at Fresh & Easy. Keep the husk on. In a small saucepan melt butter, chipolte powder, a smidgen of lime juice. Wrap in husks and grill. When your corn is just about done, open husks, sprinkle with fresh shredded Parmesan cheese and put back on grill just until the cheese melts. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper, maybe some cilantro if you like and BAM! Gourmet sweet corn on a baller’s budget! To help you with that budget, print this $5 off a $20 purchase at Fresh & Easy! It’s really THAT #FNEasy my friends! You’re welcome!

Wait? What?? Summer grilling parties aren’t a party without dessert?? You’re totally right!! Check out these seriously cool Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes. I know! I just keep giving and giving today!!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


  1. Yum! We are a rib loving family and these sound fabulous.

  2. Melissa Lawler says

    That looks and sounds amazing!

  3. sounds delicious! What time do you want us over for dinner? LOL! My mouth is watering!

    • Grandma Juice says

      If you give me a day/time I’ll totally do it again! You can be my ‘excuse’ LOL…

  4. OH my goodness! This looks so amazing! I do a LOT of grilling in the summer. Well; winter too. But a lot more in the Summer. And I’m always looking for new ways to grill up the ribs. I have to try this!

  5. This recipe is so awesome!

  6. These look amazing! The bourbon is a great addition!

    • Grandma Juice says

      Yes, yes it is! It just adds an extra UMPH and it doesn’t taste ‘alcoholy’ at all!! AWESOOOOOME!

  7. You are killing me! We became veggies last fall and lately all I want is a big plate of ribs and pulled pork! Maybe I can find a piggy with an organic diet… lol!

    Dry rubs are my favorite too! I use them (scratch that… use to use them) on my pulled pork roasts. Super yummy!

    You are tempting me too much here! Make it stop!

    • Grandma Juice says

      I thought about being veggie once. It lasted about 4 hours. Then we made Ranch burgers for dinner and it was over. I just can’t. No will power… If you ever come back to the dark side, you know where this is 🙂

  8. I wish I could scratch & sniff the screen right now. I need ribs this week.

    • Grandma Juice says

      It has a sweet, spicy, caramelized, ooey, yummy, sticky goodness smell and taste. You’re gonna need a TON of napkins!! No eating like a lady with these 🙂

  9. I’m drooling over here! And I love the idea of sprinkling cheese on the corn!

    • Grandma Juice says

      I had it that way in 1 of the foo-foo restaurants here in Vegas and sort of eyeballed the ingredients to make it at home. Just as yummy, waaaay less $$ 🙂

  10. It’s Summer in Florida. Will definitely be trying this recipe on the grill!

  11. Giddy up, sister. I am making this whole meal this weekend. 🙂

  12. Those look totally delicious! I so can not wait to make some ribs, maybe this week!

  13. Damn, girl! I’m comin’ to your house to eat. I bookmarked this recipe and I’m going to give it a shot with homemade apple butter. I’ll try to remember to come let you know how it was. I’m kinda forgetful like that 😉

    • Grandma Juice says

      I was soooo hoping someone would say that!! I sat there in the aisle for like 5 minutes, debating which to buy… I bought both. You know, since I’ll totally be making these again! I NEED to know how that goes!! I

  14. These are my kind of ribs!! I’m drooling over here!!!

  15. Omg I need to make this sauce!!!

  16. That looks so yummy! Wow. Thanks for sharing. That’s amazing that you got 4 corn for $.99 too!

  17. That sounds delicious! My husband has been on a ribs kick. I’ll have to show this to him, I’m sure he would love this sauce.

  18. OMG!!! Those ribs look amazing!!! We have tons of summer birthdays in my family and we usually do a huge cookout for everyone and I will be adding this recipe to our celebration this year. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!!

  19. Oh my goodness. We have ribs for all our extended family get togethers and I think this would be a hit!

  20. Holy cow! I think I need a towel to pick up all drool that just landed on my laptop! I love F&Easy and your ribs look amazing!

  21. Beautiful. I am passing this recipe on to my best friend who grills ribs often in the summer months. I’m not a rib eater or griller, but this looks absolutely awesome, and I probably would eat a bone or two if she makes them. Which she will – I know her too well!

  22. I really think it’s rude of you to post pictures like this and not share. To make up for it I will expect to be invited to dinner the next time I’m in Vegas. 😉

  23. Oh holy hell. I just died and went to heaven. This looks so dang good! I’d even try this on chicken! Next time, invite me over to your casa would ya? A girl needs to eat!

  24. Those look amazingly delicious!!!

  25. Looks super delish!!!!

  26. These look amazing. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I can’t wait to try them.

  27. Well I know that I’m doing this weekend! My husband just bought me a handle of Tennessee Honey for my birthday so that works out perfectly.

  28. You had me at ‘bourbon’.

  29. Holy Crap these look delish!

  30. Mmm, we just had ribs today too! Looks great!

  31. Looks amazing! I haven’t had ribs yet this year but now I really want to.

  32. OK, that just looks delicious. I will be sharing this recipe with my boyfriend to try. He loves to grill.

  33. My husband will love this recipe! Someone was having a cookout with ribs yesterday when we walked past the park and my husband was craving some.

  34. These ribs look so good! I love grilling in the summertime, we will definitely have to try out this recipe.

  35. This looks delicious! Great photo too! I’ll definitely have to save this one 🙂

  36. Oh lord, they look and sound so tasty! Can’t go wrong with Bourbon right?! 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza – can’t wait to see what you share next week 🙂

  37. That looks amazing! Love ribs, I am so in the mood for them now and I have the stomach flu!


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