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2 Ways to Flavor Ribs without BBQ Sauce

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Recipe, video and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi.

It’s time to reimagine the flavor of ribs!

When most people think of ribs, they think of sweet, smoky flavors and aromas and a generous bath of BBQ sauce. While this traditional method is timeless and delicious, ribs are an incredibly versatile cut of meat that doesn’t always need to be smoked and slathered in BBQ.

The recipe below will show you how to take a rack of ribs from normal to exciting with the help of your oven, a few simple spices and ready-made sauces from Heinen’s.

What Ribs Should I Use?

When looking for high quality ribs, consider Heinen’s Meat Department your local butcher shop. All of Heinen’s pork ribs are CARE Certified and raised by a trusted producer who works alongside Heinen’s meat experts to provide pork that meets Heinen’s specific quality standards with an emphasis on animal welfare.

Heinen’s offers a wide variety of ribs ranging from baby back to St. Louis-style. While both are delicious, baby back ribs are an ideal choice because:

  • They’re meatier than St. Louis-style ribs.
  • They’re easy to cook.
  • Their fat renders beautifully.
  • Their flavor is always strong.

Easy Ways to Flavor Ribs without BBQ Sauce

You don’t need a smoker or BBQ sauce to make ribs taste delicious! Here are a few hacks to shake up the flavor and cooking method of ribs without any added complexity.

  • Stock up on Heinen’s spices like coriander, ginger, garlic powder and onion powder for an Asian-inspired spice rub.
  • Slow-braise the ribs in the oven instead of cooking them in a smoker or on the grill. If you’re feeling adventurous, finish them on the grill when they’re done braising for a little char.
  • Instead of brushing the ribs with BBQ sauce, brush them with Two Brothers Teriyaki or Peanut Sauce.

2 Ways to Flavor Ribs without BBQ Sauce

2 Ways to Flavor Ribs without BBQ Sauce


  • 2 racks of Heinen’s CARE Certified baby back ribs
  • 4 Tbsp. Heinen’s avocado oil
  • 2 tsp. Heinen’s organic ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. Heinen’s organic ground ginger
  • 4 tsp. Heinen’s organic garlic powder
  • 4 tsp. Heinen’s organic onion granules
  • 4 tsp. coarse salt
  • 4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Heinen’s beef stock
  • Two Brother’s teriyaki sauce
  • Two Brother’s Thai peanut sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Coat both sides of the ribs in the avocado oil.
  3. Evenly season the ribs on both sides with the coriander, ginger, garlic granules onion granules, salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer the ribs to a deep baking pan and add the beef stock.
  5. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake on the middle rack of the oven at 350°F for 2 hours, or until very tender.
  6. Optional Step: Remove the ribs from the pan and place them on a very hot grill (450°F -550°F) and cook for 2-3 minutes per side for a little char.
  7. Remove the ribs and brush one rack with the Two Brothers teriyaki sauce on both sides. Brush the other rack with the Two Brothers Thai peanut sauce on both sides.
  8. Garnish the teriyaki ribs with fresh chopped cilantro and sliced green onions, if desired.
  9. Garnish the peanut ribs with sliced green onions and roughly chopped peanuts, if desired.
Chef Billy Parisi

By Chef Billy Parisi

Chef Billy Parisi is a culinary school grad who spent 15 years in the restaurant industry as a line cook, sous chef and executive chef. Now he develops, photographs and films simple and delicious recipes that will make everyone feel like a chef in their own kitchen.

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