Recipe: North Carolina Riblets

These rib tips have all that Carolina barbecue flavor and you won’t have to run the smoker all day to get it.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer


•    2kg rib tips (rib strips)
•    1 cup cider vinegar
•    1/4 cup brown sugar
•    1/4 cup butter
•    1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
•    salt and pepper to taste


Preheat grill. Season rib tips with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper flakes to melted butter. Stir until sugar dissolves. Continue simmering for about 10 minutes. Place ribs on grill over a medium heat until the outside has browned. Reduce heat or move to a cooler part of the grill. Brush with sauce and continue grilling until done, basting with sauce. Serve with remaining sauce.

With thanks to for the recipe. US weights and measures have been converted to approximate metric equivalents.