Applebee's Famous Honey Barbecue Riblets

How to cook riblets
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  • Total: 4 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 6
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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.

What You'll Need

  • 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 cooking process)
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Season ribs with salt, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Place on grill and sear on each side. Continue grilling until the ribs are nearly done.
  4. Place ribs in a broiler pan on a rack. Fill the bottom of the pan with the water and liquid smoke.
  5. Close the pan or cover it to seal.
  6. 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. 
  1. Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy!