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Cognac Ribs

A touch of brandy elevates ordinary ribs to the extraordinary.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq sauce with liquor, cooking with brandy, holiday rib recipes, pork ribs with brandy
Servings: 6
Calories: 373kcal


  • 2 lbs pork baby back ribs or 1 rack
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • sesame seed optional


  • 1 cup thick BBQ sauce like Sweet Baby Ray’s
  • 1 tsp orange zest or 1 strip of orange peel
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • pinch of thyme
  • 1-2 drops hot sauce


  • To make sauce: Add the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or foil.
  • Place ribs on prepared pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast for about 90 minutes, or until internal temperature is 170F/80C. You may brush the ribs with some sauce in the last 10 minutes of cooking.
  • Cut ribs into individual portions and brush liberally with the sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seed if using.
  • Use remaining sauce as a dipping sauce.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 964mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg