Yes, this is a copycat recipe that I’ve unabashedly been making for years. And it’s delicious! The recipe is based on the mouth-watering famous Montreal ribs from a restaurant I used to go to when I lived in Montreal. My husband and friends who have been there agree that the ribs are pretty close to the original.
The recipe has two secret ingredients that are not too common for ribs – applesauce and cinnamon. A third, slightly more weird (and optional) ingredient, is pickle juice. Don’t worry – they all work really well.
The glaze takes a few minutes to put together and requires no cooking. It’s sweet and tangy and sticky with a unique flavour. It can easily be used on chicken too, including wings. Hmm – thinking out loud here, you could use it to toss with crispy oven-baked chicken wings. If you do, you might want to boil the glaze for a couple of minutes.
For this recipe, I like to parboil the ribs. I know some people swear that pre-baking the ribs is a better way to go. To be honest, I use both methods. If I have less time, I go for parboiling and they turn out great. Finish of the ribs with the glaze either on the grill or under the broiler.