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Honey Barbecue Riblets (Applebee's)

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This is the recipe for Applebee's famous riblets. It requires grilling (or broiling) the ribs, then steaming them to make them tender. It takes several hours to make them, but since they slow steam in the oven for several hours, it is a great choice for a party dish.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

Yield: Serves 6


  • 2 pounds pork rib tips (or rib strips)
  • 2 cups Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


Season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic. Place on a medium hot grill and sear on each side. Continue grilling until the ribs are nearly done. Place ribs in a broiler pan on a rack. Fill the bottom of the pan with the water and liquid smoke. Close pan or cover it to seal it. Place in the oven at 275 degrees F. for 2 to 4 hours. The longer you leave them the more tender they will be. Brush with plenty of heated barbecue sauce right before you serve.
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Best Ever Ribs - Delicious!, Member MichelleHS

I've tried a good number of rib recipes and none compare to these! Other than having to pre-grill the ribs, there is really not much fuss - put in the broiler pan and forget about them for several hours. I used spare ribs and cooked them for three hours, covering the broiler pan with tin foil. Just before serving I basted them with Kraft BBQ sauce. The meet just fell off the bone - fantastic. My husband couldn't get enough. Thanks for the great recipe.

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