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Apricot BBQ Ribs

Apricot BBQ Ribs are tender, juicy and downright delicious. If you are craving tender, smoky ribs with a sticky-sweet sauce, this is the recipe for you. These ribs have amazing layers of flavors from the dry rub, hardwood smoke and thick layer of sauce.

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We took our Sweet Garlic and Onion Ribs to the next level of deliciousness by coating them in a perfectly sweet and sticky apricot bbq sauce. It was a good thing we cooked two racks of baby back ribs because everyone was fighting over who got to eat the last two ribs.

2 racks baby back ribs with apricot bbq sauce, sliced on a sheet pan

Ingredients for Apricot Glazed Ribs

  • Baby Back Ribs – we cooked 2 racks, since it is just as easy to cook 2 as it is 1.
  • Olive Oil 
  • Sweet Garlic and Onion Rub : Brown Sugar, Garlic, Onion Powder, Ground Rosemary, Dried Thyme, Smoked Paprika, Salt, Pepper and Dry Mustard.
  • Apricot BBQ SauceSweet, sticky and just the right flavor combination to compliment the smoked pork.

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baby back ribs on a grill

How to Grill Apricot BBQ Ribs

  • Prepare a grill fire to 350° with hickory for smoke flavor.

Jar of apricot bbq sauce with spoon resting on top

  • Make the Apricot BBQ Sauce and set aside to cool.
  • Pat ribs dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet.
  • Spray or drizzle with olive oil on both sides, rubbing it all over the ribs.

garlic and onion dry rub for ribs in a bowl with spoon

  • Mix together the dry rub.

2 racks baby back ribs with dry rub for grilling

  • Sprinkle all over the ribs, both sides.
  • Allow ribs to sit at room temperature until the grill fire is ready.

2 racks ribs on a big green egg grill

  • Cook ribs over indirect fire with grill closed about  1 hour and 15 minutes, keeping the temperature between 300° and 350°.

checking rib temperature with digital thermometer on the grill

  • Check for internal temperature using a digital thermometer and continue to cook until ribs are between 195° and 205°.

2 racks smoked baby back ribs on a sheet pan

  • Remove from grill to a sheet pan.

brushing bbq sauce onto smoked rack of ribs

  • Brush with apricot bbq sauce.

2 racks of ribs brushed with bbq sauce on a sheet pan with jar of sauce and brush

  • Allow ribs to rest about 10 minutes before slicing.

Slicing baby back ribs

  • Slice and serve immediately.

How to Store and Reheat

Wrap cooled ribs in plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate up to 4 days. Freeze up to 3 months wrapped in several layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil. Label the package with the date and contents.

Reheat ribs in a single layer on a baking sheet in a 350° oven. Brush with additional sauce and cook for about 10- 15 minutes or until heated through.

Plate of mac and cheese with 2 baby back ribs

Best Side Dishes for Grilled Ribs

Smoked Mac and Cheese is a favorite to serve with sticky bbq ribs and it’s so simple to make from scratch. Grilled Corn on the Cob is our standby for cookouts and goes perfectly well with the smoky ribs.

sliced baby back ribs on a sheet pan

More Baby Back Ribs for Your Next Cookout

BBQ Mustard Ribs are something different to change up the dinner routine. The homemade rosemary mustard bbq sauce adds a rich and tangy flavor to smoked ribs.

Blackberry BBQ Ribs are sweet, smoky and fall off the bone delicious. Great for cookouts and special occasions.

Chili Rubbed Ribs are tender and juicy with a bit of a spicy kick. A great addition to your next family barbecue.

Coca- Cola Ribs are one of our most requested recipes. The sauce adds a thick glaze that is a little sweet with savory spices that everyone folks just can’t get enough of.

Honey Garlic Ribs are another favorite that turn out fall off the bone tender and so delicious.

This Apricot BBQ Ribs recipe is a great addition to any backyard cookout or family dinner. The combination of the dry rub, the hickory smoke and the slathering of sweet and sticky sauce is a real show-stopper.

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Slicing baby back ribs
Yield: 2 racks of ribs

Apricot BBQ Ribs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Apricot BBQ Ribs are tender, juicy and downright delicious. If you are craving tender, smoky ribs with a sticky-sweet sauce, this is the recipe for you.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Prepare a grill fire to 350° with hickory for smoke flavor. 
  2. Pat ribs dry with paper towels and place on a baking sheet. 
  3. Spray or brush both sides of the ribs with olive oil.
  4. In a small bowl, mix up the dry rub. 
  5. Sprinkle rub on both sides of the ribs, heavily on the meaty side. 
  6. Cook ribs over indirect fire with the grill lid closed about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  7. Check internal temperature using a digital thermometer and continue cooking until ribs reach between 195° and 205°. 
  8. Remove from grill to a pan and brush with apricot bbq sauce.
  9. Allow to rest about 10 minutes before slicing.

Notes

Store cooled ribs wrapped in plastic wrap or foil in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Freeze in 2 layers of plastic wrap and a layer of foil for up to 3 months. Label with contents and date.

Reheat ribs in a single layer in a baking pan in a 350° oven. Brush with additional sauce and cook for about 10- 15 minutes or until heated through. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 15g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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