Applebee's Famous Honey Barbecue Riblets

Riblets grilling on a grill

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  • Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: 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.


  • 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.

  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.

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

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

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

  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.

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

  8. Pair with your choice of sides and enjoy!