For those who grew up in Montreal, I’m sure you’ve enjoyed many a meal at Bar-B-Barn. I remember going to Bar-B-Barn as a kid. It was near my Mom’s work, so we sometimes went there for dinner on a Friday night.
Years ago, a friend e-mailed me a recipe similar to the one for Bar-B-Barn’s ribs. In college, another friend e-mailed me a similar recipe. Over the years, I have lost the e-mails, but vaguely remember the ingredients and proportions. I’ve since tried to replicate the recipe and this is what I came up with. Hubby and Little One call it “The Best Ribs Ever”! Of course, because of the amount of sugar in the recipe, we don’t have this often!
I must warn you, it is quite tasty!
- 2 lbs pork ribs, parboiled
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce (I use homemade)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 8 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Paprika
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- * I recall that my friend's recipe calls for a can of Coke. I don't have Coke in our house unless we're having a party, so I often omit the Coke.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut ribs into segments of 2 or 3 ribs per segment. In a large pot of water, parboil pork ribs.
- In a heavy saucepan, add applesauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, lemon juice, black pepper, oregano, garlic powder, paprika, cinnamon. Bring to a boil.
- IF you are using a can of Coke, add to saucepan and stir.
- Remove ribs from pot and in baking dish, place ribs in bone side up. Ladle sauce over ribs. I used two baking dishes for this recipe.
- Cover with tin foil and bake for 40 minutes.
- Turn ribs over an baste with remaining sauce. Bake for another 40 minutes, uncovered.