Summer Beach Grill Party: BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Last weekend we celebrated the summer solstice with our annual BBQ and bonfire at the beach. This is a Nordic tradition we happily packed up with us from Denmark, where the longest day of the year is celebrated in true viking-style with feasting, fire, libations, and an effigy which is burned to ward off evil spirits. Since the sun sets over the sea at 9 pm in California and not at midnight during the Scandinavian midnight sun, we enjoy an abbreviated version, Pacific-style, before the park rangers shepherd us off the beaches – or the residents call the police. This year was spectacular, with warm weather, tame winds and a hopping crowd of 50 wannabe vikings. As hosts, we took responsibility for the Danish beer, grillables and fire setting, while everyone else brought side dishes desserts, beach chairs, lots of kids and wine. It truly takes a village! On the menu were these sticky spiced ribs – inspired by a delectable recipe from my friend Karen who brought them along last year. (She is on tour in Italy right now with her band which is another story in itself.)

Have grill will travel:
20 pounds of pre-cooked and sauced ribs ready to finish on the grill at the beach

Summer Solstice Baby Back Ribs

Solstice has come and gone, but these ribs are a keeper and perfect for a July 4th grill party. This recipe may easily be doubled or tripled.

Serves 6 to 8

2 racks baby back ribs
1 tablespoon sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
4 large garlic cloves, minced

Heat oven to 250 F. (125 C). Whisk the salt, pepper, paprika and cumin together in a small bowl. Evenly sprinkle over the ribs. Bake in oven for 2 hours, turning midway. Remove and cool. Cut the ribs in individual pieces.
While the ribs are baking,  combine the remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Briefly grill the ribs, turning, until they begin to crispen. Brush with reduced sauce and continue to grill, turning and basting until thoroughly coated, taking care to avoid burning by moving to indirect heat as necessary.

8 responses to “Summer Beach Grill Party: BBQ Baby Back Ribs

  1. Those ribs look naughty! A wonderful party.



  2. Karen's in the Kitchen

    Can’t wait to try your version, Lynda. Sounds delish! Glad the solstice party was a success and look forward to going next year.

  3. What fun you guys had!!! And what a great way to keep Nordic and family traditions going. The ribs look amazing – the bourbon is inspired.

  4. wonderful, love the bourbon in them.. and how much fun that must have been at the beach! good for you bringing such a fiery tradition across the water with you.. c

  5. Love your fun tradition and the ribs.

  6. I just made ribs last night.. these looks just glistening with lovely sauce. I’ll be trying this one for a change up!! What a fun celebration for all of your families!!

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