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Classic American Barbecue Recipes

"Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it's a start."
-- Anthony Bourdain

Who doesn't love a smokey, juicy rack of ribs barbecued to perfection, caramelized on the outside, and tender to the bones? As we celebrate National Barbecue Month this May, now is a great time to appreciate how barbecue has become a huge part of American cuisine and culture.

According to, the history of barbecue in America can be traced to the Spanish explorers who followed Christopher Columbus on his expedition to the north. The Spanish explorers reportedly brought with them a cooking method called "barbacoa," which involved cooking meat over indirect flame.

So much has changed over the centuries, but not people's love for slow-cooked barbecue. 

Chipotle Baby Back Ribs Recipe. Courtesy: She Wears Many Hats

Amy of She Wears Many Hats has a great recipe for basic barbecue that will spice up your next backyard party.

Chipotle Baby Back Ribs Recipe from She Wears Many Hats
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons Chipotle chile pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3 pounds pork baby back ribs
¼ cup water
½ cup pure maple syrup

Amy suggests baking or grilling the meat a day ahead, and putting it on the grill just before serving. 

Chipotle Baby Back Ribs Recipe. Courtesy: She Wears Many Hats

Erren's Kitchen has a recipe for barbecue with a sweet and sour glaze. The rub is a flavorful mix of paprika, garlic powder, cumin, pepper and sugar. While the glaze is made rich by balsamic vinegar and bourbon.

Baked or Barbecued Sticky Glazed Ribs by Erren's Kitchen
4lbs/2kg spare ribs, cut into individual ribs
For the rub:
⅛ cup/13g smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
5 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
For the glaze:
⅔ cup/150g tomato ketchup
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ cup/170 honey
5 tablespoons bourbon

The result? A finger-licking good sticky barbecue that's definitely worth the mess!

Baked or Barbecued Sticky Glazed Ribs. Courtesy: Erren's Kitchen

If you'd rather cook your ribs indoors than in your backyard, this recipe from Divas Can Cook is a great dish that you can make right in your own kitchen.

Oven Baked BBQ Beef Ribs by Divas Can Cook
3 lbs meaty beef ribs
Liquid smoke (optional)
2-4 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
2 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt, can used a smoked salt as well.
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
Favorite BBQ Sauce

The rack of ribs, generously seasoned with the rub, is baked in the oven for three to four hours to achieve that soft and tender meat that breaks off as you dig your fork in it.

Oven Baked BBQ Beef Ribs. Courtesy: Divas Can Cook

TIP: Using a silicone mat when roasting meat can cut your cleanup time in half.

Know someone who loves barbecue? SHARING IS CARING! :-)

Oven Baked BBQ Beef Ribs. Courtesy: Divas Can Cook

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