Ribs + an Amazing Sauce = PERFECTION!
When serving ribs for dinner, there are 4 essentials:
- Napkins. Lots of napkins. Especially if saucy ribs are involved.
- Some really stellar side dishes for ribs.
- Wine. Here are 7 bottles that pair perfectly with barbecue.
- And, of course, a delicious sauce recipe!
So, skip the store-bought barbecue sauce, and try something new this barbecue season.
Let’s dig in!
The BEST Sauces for Ribs
How to Make Ahead and Store
Many of these rib sauce recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead.
How to Sauce Ribs
For the best results, according to the Kitchn, it’s best to sauce your ribs at the end of the cooking process, about 10-15 minutes before they’re done. Or, Amazing Ribs suggests that you can even sauce your ribs up to 30 minutes before they’re done if the cooking temperature is 225-degrees or lower.
After cooking, let the ribs rest on a piece of aluminum foil or a cutting board for a few minutes to let the juices redistribute and allow the sauce to soak in even further.
You can also simply grill your ribs with a dry rub and serve your BBQ sauce as a dipping sauce for the ribs.
More Sauce Recipes
- Sauces for Salmon
- Sauces for Pulled Pork
- Sauces for Pork Chops
- Sauces for Beef
- Sauces for Fish
- Sauces for Steak
- Sauces for Sushi
- Sauces for Tacos
What Side Goes Good with Ribs?
- Vinegar Slaw
- Instant Pot Corn on the Cob
- Apple & Celery Root Slaw
- Pinto Beans
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
- MORE —> 35+ easy sides for ribs
What Seasoning Goes Good on Ribs?
- Pork Dry Rub
- Cajun Seasoning
- Salt + Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder + Onion Powder
- Chili Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Dark Brown Sugar
Did you Make Any of These Sauces for Ribs?
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15+ TASTY Sauces for Ribs
- Stir together all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Add to your ribs about 10-15 minutes before they are finished cooking.
- Honey Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 Tablespoons honey.
- Maple Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 Tablespoons maple syrup.
- Smoky Barbecue Sauce: Add 2 teaspoons liquid smoke.
- Spicy Barbecue Sauce: Add cayenne pepper, to taste.
- Bourbon Barbecue Sauce: Add 1/4 cup bourbon before simmering.
- Red Wine Barbecue Sauce: Add 1/4 cup red wine before simmering (I love Pinot Noir or Zinfandel for this).