Applebee's Famous Honey Barbecue Riblets

Honey barbecue riblets applebees recipe

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 hrs
Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings

This is the recipe for Applebee's famous riblets. It requires grilling (or broiling) the ribs, then steaming them to make them tender. It takes several hours to make them, but since they slow steam in the oven for a long time, it is a great choice for a party dish.

Riblets are technically still ribs, just a smaller part. They are the portion of pork meat that the butcher slices off from the underside of spare ribs. They contain cartilage but no bone and are just as delicious.

Enjoy this riblet recipe with your favorite sides, such as potato salad, baked beans, and corn on the cob.


  • 2 pounds pork rib tips (or rib strips)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup water (add more if it evaporates during the cooking process)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for honey barbecue riblets applebees

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  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.

    Preheat grill

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  3. Season ribs with salt, pepper, and garlic.

    Season ribs

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  4. Place on grill and sear on each side. Continue grilling until the ribs are nearly done.

    Place on grill

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  5. Place ribs in a broiler pan on a rack. Fill the bottom of the pan with the water and liquid smoke.

    Place ribs on grill

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  6. Close the pan or cover it to seal. Place in the oven at 275 F/135 C for 2 to 4 hours. The longer you leave them, the more tender they will be.

    Foil wrap and cover your ribs

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  7. Brush with plenty of heated barbecue sauce right before you serve. 

    Brush with barbecue sauce

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  8. Pair with your choice of sides and enjoy!

    enjoy Applebee's Famous Honey Barbecue Riblets

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