Bourbon & Brown Sugar Ribs

Ribs. Is there anything more appropriate for a Memorial Day BBQ? There are many schools of thought as far as rib preparation goes. Grilling vs baking. Dry Rub vs Sauce. I like to go all out, and do all of those things! A dry rub for a few hours, then baking in the oven til perfectly tender and ALMOST falling apart. Then a quick grill with a delicious basting BBQ sauce.

The sauce itself is magical. The folks at Musselman’s sent me a big jar of their apple butter to try out – and I used it as the base for the sauce. To be honest, I think the apple butter itself brushed on meats on the grill would be wonderful – it’s the perfect texture and consistency. But, I went ahead and added some other delicious things to it – like bourbon and brown sugar – and it knocked it out of the park!

They’ve offered to send one lucky reader a grilling package to kick-start your summer as well – featuring a jar of their delicious apple butter, a sauce mop, and some delicious recipes! Just leave a comment telling me what your plans are for Memorial Day weekend? My mother-in-law is in town visiting, so we plan on spending some quality family time together – and maybe a night out on the town dancing while Grandma babysits! Contest will run today through next Monday (5/27) at 11:59 PM EST.

Congrats to Shannon C! Her entry (#13) was the winner. I hope you had a wonderful hike on Memorial Day, and have fun firing up your grill this summer!

Disclaimer:ย I received a grilling package from Musselman’s for my review. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    My husband would be all over this! He eats their apple butter with a spoon! No plans for Memorial Day yet. I imagine we’ll be grilling something delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Permalink

    My son turns 2 on Sunday so we are celebrating his birthday with family and friends.

  3. Colleen Sullivan
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    Well now we’re going to have to make these ribs this weekend! We have a birthday party, a Memorial Day party, attempting couch shopping (again), kayaking the river with hubby, and Grammie will be visiting, so hopefully a date night! Maybe we can double ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Gina
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! We recently moved to a new city (my husband is in the Army) so we don’t know many people here. It’ll probably be a bbq party of two, but that just means more for us! It’ll be a delicious meal after a day of paddle boarding.

  5. Posted May 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM | Permalink

    Wow, bourbon and brown sugar sounds incredible!!

  6. Posted May 22, 2013 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

    Oooh, that looks delicious! We haven’t had ribs in awhile – might need to change that soon!

  7. Kay Ahlberg
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM | Permalink

    After seeing the picture of these ribs, I think we’ll stay home, watch movies and grill ribs! The recipe sounds fantastic.

  8. Jacki
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 1:34 AM | Permalink

    Wow, those look delicious! Memorial Day encompasses my birthday this year – I’m going to a comedy festival, watching Arrested Development and going on a nice long hike to a waterfall. Looking forward to it!

  9. Posted May 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

    You had me at bourbon…and then I saw ribs!!!!!! Oh my….this sounds fantastic for any Memorial day BBQ or anyone hankering for some yummy BBQ!

  10. Mozelle Johnson
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM | Permalink

    Memorial Day is very special for my family as our great grandfather, uncle and Cousins were in various wars fighting for our country. My sisters will be teaching my nieces and nephews about our family members, then we will be eating ribs, burgers, chicken, salad and drinking Cajun margartita’s, lemonade and sweet iced tea for the children! Everyone enjoy their Memorial Day!

  11. nancy
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:19 PM | Permalink

    Oh.My….those ribs look delicious! BBQ chicken with neighbors for Memorial Day, however…….your yummy ribs will be on the grill later in the week!

  12. Andrea
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM | Permalink

    I was thinking burgers and hotdogs but they feel so lame beside those ribs!!
    I might do them!!

  13. Shannon C
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 7:36 AM | Permalink

    Hiking on the Appalachian trail!

  14. Amanda
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 8:09 AM | Permalink

    I’m studying for a licensing exam for the next few weeks, so for me it’s “What? Memorial Day weekend?” I had completely forgotten. My husband is out of town so I will be doing more studying! I’m looking forward to doing some cooking after the exam is over!

  15. Patti L B
    Posted May 24, 2013 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    I would love to give the Barb B Q package to my husband who is a grilling fanatic. I don’t know where in Ontario we could buy this product, we would love to try it! I convinced (wasn’t hard) my husband to cook up some ribs this weekend for our dinner guests.

  16. robin
    Posted May 25, 2013 at 11:34 PM | Permalink

    Memorial Day Weekend = Farmers’ Market and Family as we remember soldiers that died for our country.

  17. Posted May 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM | Permalink

    Spending part of Memorial Day helping my husband’s brother-in-law get his garden ready and planted. He has had some health scares lately and cannot do it by himself. We’ll have a pulled pork lunch with the group of helpers and then head home to spend the rest of the day with our daughter and her family!

  18. Kristen
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    It’s my mom’s birthday so we spent the day together and then went out to dinner!

  19. Mary
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    I have these ribs in the oven right now! They smell amazing. I can’t wait till they’re done and I can dig in! The entire house smells like apple cider and meat.

  20. Denise
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

    so verrrrrrrrrry good! Thanks for sharing the recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Tom McG
    Posted May 15, 2015 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Enjoy the holiday!

  22. Diane Blake
    Posted June 20, 2015 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    Had to click on your photo when I saw the jar of “Musselman” Apple Butter. I live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Musselman had an Apple Plant here. I actually worked there my senior year of high school on second shift, peeling apples. Our local high school is named Musselman and our mascot is an apple. Will definitely try this recipe. We love apple butter here. Thanks for sharing. Diane

    • Posted June 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

      What a great story. So gorgeous up your way! My mother’s family had a cabin on a mountaintop around Berkeley Springs (which I understand is quite cosmopolitan now!) ages ago, and I always loved going up there! Let me know how you liked the ribs. I’m sharing a recipe for a pork tenderloin using Musselman’s today actually, so stay tuned! Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s greatly appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

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