I look for any excuse to barbecue. With my family visiting from out of town, Memorial Day weekend gave me an opportunity to pull out the grille. I initially thought about making a grilled lamb flatbread, but my wife and brother had a craving for ribs. To kick up my barbecued rib recipe, I decided to make an Asian Barbecue sauce using a base of Hoisin sauce and ketchup. To the hoisin and ketchup base, I added plum sauce, rice wine vinegar, fresh ginger, and a little honey. It had a really nice sweet, sour, and spice balance.
I used baby back ribs that I dry rubbed generously with a combination of brown sugar, smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and black pepper. I cooked the ribs using indirect heat with a combination of charcoal and mesquite wood chips. The ribs had a great smoky flavor. I basted them with the barbecue sauce just before I pulled them from the grille, then again before they were served. They came out pretty darn good! Below are some pictures.