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Deep Fried Ribs
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Deep Fried Ribs

Deep Fried Ribs

Ribs good. Ribs with sauce, better. But ribs deep fried, then sauced...amazing. This started out as a "hey, let's try this and see what happens" one night. And guess what, they were a full damn hit. So you gotta try em.

Makes 2 racks



  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper


  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • Cholula hot sauce for a binder
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar


  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses…if you don’t have try plum sauce, balsamic vinegar plus a little sugar, or just leave it out altogether and you’ll be fine


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Oil for frying


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix the rub ingredients in a small bowl and set aside
  3. Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs
  4. Brush both sides of the racks with Cholula, then season with the rub
  5. Put on a rack on a baking sheet, pour ½ of the apple cider vinegar under the rack, wrap tightly with foil and bake in the oven 1 hour
  6. While they bake, mix the bbq sauce, brown sugar, remaining apple cider vinegar, and pomegranate molasses (or whatever you’re using) in a bowl
  7. When the ribs come out of the oven, and have cooled enough so you can handle them, cut them into individual ribs
  8. Mix the cornstarch with any remaining rub, mix well then toss the ribs in the cornstarch, shake off the excess
  9. Heat the oil to 370 degrees
  10. Fry the coated ribs in the hot oil in batches for about 2 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  11. Remove from the oil, let drain on paper towels briefly, then brush on the sauce
  12. Serve