Southeast: Peanut Butter BBQ Ribs

Southweat_PBMyWay_peanut_butter_ribsCelebrate the “United States of Peanut Butter” and show us your hometown PB pride in our 2014 PB My Way recipe contest. Now through March 31, enter your favorite regionally-flavored peanut butter recipe at or on our Facebook page here  for a chance to win prizes. From the Southeast region? Here’s some local inspiration:

Southern food is synonymous with the best comfort food on earth. Ok, we admit, we’re biased… our Southern roots can’t be camouflaged. When it comes to down home cooking, all good Southern cooks turn to their rib recipes.

“We’re raised on ribs here in the south,” explains Leslie Wagner, Southern Peanut Growers’ executive director. “And of course, we’re proud of the peanut butter we help produce. On occasion we combine the two for the messiest and most delicious ribs you’ll ever try.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Peanut Butter BBQ Ribs

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Makes: 6 servings

8 cups water
1 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
2 racks pork back ribs, about 2 lb each

1/4 cup ketchup
3 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Chinese hot sauce, such as Sriracha
Thinly Sliced green onion
Crushed unsalted peanuts

Brine: Combine water, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, salt and Chinese five spice in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes or until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Remove from heat and cool completely.

Place the ribs in a re-sealable plastic bag and fill with the brine. Refrigerate, turning occasionally for 6 hours or overnight. Remove ribs from brine; discard excess brine.

Sauce: Whisk the ketchup with the soy sauce, peanut butter, rice vinegar, honey and hot sauce; set aside.

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Arrange the ribs on a baking sheet fitted with a cooking rack; cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour; remove foil. Bake, basting with the peanut sauce every 30 minutes, for 2 hours or until bones move easily within the meat. Cut into 3-bone portions and arrange on a serving platter. Sprinkle green onion and peanuts over the ribs.

Tip: Double the sauce recipe and save half to serve with the cooked ribs for dipping.

Calories per serving: 410, Fat 30g, Cholesterol 118mg, Sodium 351mg, Carbohydrates 8g, Fiber 0g, Sugar 2g, Protein 25g

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