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South Carolina-Style Ribs

  • Servings: 4
  • Course: Main Dish

In South Carolina barbecue typically refers to hickory-smoked pulled pork, but hash and ribs are also popular. Without fail, barbecue is almost always served with sweet tea, an iced tea that's made with a lemony-sugar syrup. Let an oven bag take the fuss out of precooking the pork. Bake in the bag, cut open the bag, and then transfer to the grill. When oven-cooked, the ribs are ready to finish cooking on the grill to a smoky tenderness slathered with lots of barbecue sauce.

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  • 3 pounds pork country-style ribs
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups hickory or oak chips
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
  • Sweet tea (optional)
  • Flour
  • Disposable oven bags


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Trim fat from ribs. Place disposable oven bag in a roasting pan according to package directions, shaking at least a tablespoon of flour in the bag. Cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag. Place ribs in bag; sprinkle ribs with salt and black pepper. Close bag. Bake for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until tender. Open bag; drain off fat.

Step 2

At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain wood chips.

Step 3

For sauce, in a small saucepan combine mustard, honey, vinegar, apple juice, Worcestershire sauce, the 1/2 teaspoon salt, and hot pepper sauce. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, 12 to 15 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

For a charcoal grill, sprinkle wood chips over medium coals. Remove ribs from oven bag and place ribs on the grill rack directly over coals. Grill, covered, for 15 minutes, turning once and brushing occasionally with some of the sauce. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add wood chips according to manufacturer directions. Place ribs on grill rack. Grill as directed above.) Serve ribs with remaining sauce.

Step 5

If desired, serve with sweet tea. Makes 4 servings.

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