Start by pre heating your oven to 250 degrees
Lay the rack of baby back ribs out on a cutting board and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the ribs with Herbie's Rib Spice Mix. Line a baking sheet with foil and set the ribs on the baking sheet. Wrap the ribs up tightly in foil and bake in your pre heated oven at 250 degrees for 2.5 hours.
Meanwhile, Heat a large sauce pot over medium high heat. When the dry pot is heated add the strips of bacon and cook until crispy, making sure to render as much fat from the bacon as possible. Remove the strips of bacon leaving the fat in the pot and add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno and sweat for about 5 min. or until the onions turn translucent. Then add the crushed tomatoes, worcestershire, apple cider vinegar, molasses, liquid smoke and brown sugar. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated and begin to dissolve. Cover with a lid and simmer over low heat until the ribs are almost done cooking. Then adjust the seasoning with salt and puree the bbq sauce with a hand immersion blender or transfer to a regular blender; puree until smooth.
Once the ribs are done. Remove them from the oven. Change the oven settings to broil. Unwrap the foil and brush on some of the homemade bbq sauce onto the ribs. Place under the broiler and broil until the texture of the ribs firms up a bit and the sauce has reached your desired consistency. Remove the ribs and serve immediately with a side of homemade bbq sauce.
Enjoy these beautiful ribs with a glass of Williamson Wines Shiraz.
Chef Tommy's Tips:
This recipe was designed for when the weather outside does not permit you to grill outdoors. However, nothing beats a rack of ribs grilled over indirect heat. Simply heat one side of your gas grill to med-low heat or arrange your charcoal to one side of the grill. Try to manage the heat of your grill so it stays in the 200-250 degree range. Do not wrap your ribs in foil! Place your ribs, bone side down on the grill as far away from the flame/coals as possible and cook for about 2-2.5 hours. Then brush on the bbq sauce and cook for an additional 20 min. Serve immediately and enjoy!