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Smoked BBQ Salsa Baby Back Ribs

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The recipe for smoked BBQ Salsa baby back ribs came out of necessity (as I believe most really good things do).

Try this, I know you’re going to like it and it certainly beats the heck out of your usual ketchup-based BBQ sauce!

I wanted something special and homemade to slather on our smoked baby back ribs and I hardly had any ketchup in the house to make a ketchup-based BBQ sauce.

What’s a girl to do???  

I’ve got it!

Why not reach for the salsa instead?



1-1/2 cups jarred salsa (your choice of heat level)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

-In a medium-size saucepan, over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients and cook to reduce stirring occasionally (approximately 20 minutes).
-Easy peasy!

2 slabs of baby back ribs
apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper
smoked paprika
brown sugar

-Place the ribs in a shallow pan and generously pour apple cider vinegar to both sides of the ribs.
-Season the ribs liberally (on both sides) with salt and pepper.
-Allow the ribs to sit for approximately 30 minutes with the apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper.
-Sprinkle the tops of the ribs with the smoked paprika and a light sprinkling of brown sugar.

-We cooked our ribs in the outdoor smoker at 275 degrees for 5 hours but you can also cook the ribs indoors in your oven at a low temperature – 300 degrees for 4-5 hours (you’ll benefit here from having the smell of these babies permeate your home).
-Slather the BBQ Salsa on the ribs for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking and you’re ready to eat!!!


I can hardly wait to try this sauce on chicken, burgers and even a pork roast or two.

Try mixing a little into your meatloaf or substitute it for the sauce on your pizza. Oooooh, now THERE’S an idea!!!  Try it with a ham and pineapple pizza!

Be still my heart!!!

BBQ Salsa and Baby Back Rib Recipe

Luckily for me, we have leftovers because I always cook like we’re feeding an army! 

I can hardly wait to warm these up for dinner tonight.  This picture is making me very hungry 🙂

Until we eat again!


Friday 13th of January 2012

We'll absolutely be making these! My whole family loves ribs. Bernie was even excited. Nothing beats homemade sauce!

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Friday 13th of January 2012

For sure I will be making these ribs, we love ribs at home and this recipe look delicious.I am always too lazy to make my own and I always buy them already made, you make them look easy to make so I am ready to try them


Friday 13th of January 2012

I'm bookmarking this post! We enjoy a good feed of ribs every once in awhile and the next time we have them I'm cooking mine like you did your complete with your wonderful looking sauce.

Thanks for sharing Renee!