My mother is a FABULOUS cook. To eat a meal at her house is to love her forever. Just ask my friends. This week she took advantage of our incredible spring weather and hosted the seasons first BBQ. She pulled out her famous chicken and rib sauce for us. I’m glad she did because I get to share with you. Trust me, this is the ONLY sauce recipe you’ll ever need!
The recipe is an old one, like your grandma used to give you, so quantities of chicken and ribs varies. If you end up with leftover sauce though, it refrigerates well up to two weeks in a air-tight container.
Dry Rub for Ribs
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 1/2 tsps black pepper
3 tbsps brown sugar
3 tbsps chili powder
This makes enough for around 9 pounds of ribs. Adjust accordingly for more or less ribs. Arrange rack of ribs overlapping slightly on rimmed baking sheet. Cover with parchment paper, then wrap tightly with tin foil. Bake in 300F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, rotating baking sheets halfway through if doing more than one sheet. Ribs can be cooked and refrigerated up to a day ahead of time. Cut into 3 rib sections before grilling over medium-high heat on BBQ using sauce below.
Barbecue Sauce for Chicken & Ribs
3/4 cup Heinz chili sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup apple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Bring all ingredients to a boil on stovetop, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool. My mother normally doubles the sauce when feeding a crowd. When doubled it is enough for 3 racks of ribs, 8 chicken drumsticks and 8 chicken thighs.