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Tony Roma's Carolina Honey Barbecue Sauce by Todd Wilbur

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“From This is a great copy cat recipe I found in searching the internet (I'm sorry I can't remember the source) for a clone of my husband's favorite ribs. At Tony Roma's they use pork baby back ribs for the Original Ribs and pork spareribs for the Carolina Honeys. I think you could probably use either. Others have made this without grilling and say the ribs still turn out great. Grilling helps to caramelize the sauce. Sauce can of course be made ahead and refrigerated.”
3hrs 30mins

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  1. For sauce: Combine all ingredients for sauce in saucepan.
  2. Blend ingredients with whisk until smooth over high heat.
  3. When mixtures come to a boil, reduce head simmer uncovered 30-40 minutes until mixtures thickens.
  4. Ribs: Cut each rack of ribs into sections of 4-6 rib each.
  5. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  6. Tear off 4 pieces of aluminum foil 6-7 inches larger than the ribs.
  7. Coat front and back of ribs with sauce.
  8. Place each rack of ribs onto a piece of foil and wrap tightly.
  9. Place the foil packets in the oven, seam side facing up and bake for 2-21/2 hours.
  10. Remove ribs from oven when done and coat both sides of ribs with sauce.
  11. Place ribs on preheated grill and grill for 2-4 minutes.
  12. Serve with additional sauce.

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