4th of July Outdoor BBQ Recipe

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Celebrating the 4th of July, it’s compulsory to spend the majority of the day outside. It’s in the rules, as far as we’re concerned. That’s why we encourage you to take the cooking al fresco with you!

We’ve scoured the top recipes for the perfect 4th of July barbeque recipe. And wouldn’t’ you know it? The recipe comes from English celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Despite not being patriotic in the choosing of whose recipe to feature, the results are mouth-watering, flavorful American-approved BBQ! They call these the Rad Rum Ribs – yum.


  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.5 kg higher-welfare baby back ribs, membrane removed

For the Paste

  • 5 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chilli paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Rad Rum BBQ Sauce

  • 4cm piece of ginger, peeled
  • 3–4 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 125 ml tomato ketchup
  • 60 ml dark rum
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 50 g soft dark brown sugar


Combine the paste ingredients and 2 teaspoons of salt in a bowl. Pat the ribs dry with kitchen paper, then place in a tray and rub all over with the paste. Cover with cling wrap and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 6 hours, or preferably overnight.

When you want to cook, remove the ribs from the fridge, shake off any excess marinade and allow to come up to room temperature. Meanwhile, set up your barbecue for the half and half technique (so half the base is covered in charcoal and the other side is empty) – you want a medium indirect heat. Place a drip tray inside the barbecue on the indirect side. Cover with the

lid and allow to heat up like an outdoor oven – you want a temperature of around 350°F/180°C.

Rip off just over an arm's length of extra-strong tin foil, stack up the ribs in the center and tightly wrap. Place the foil parcel over indirect heat on the barbecue, cover with the lid and cook for around 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and starts to fall away from the bone, remembering to replenish with hot coals every 45 minutes or so. Meanwhile, finely grate the ginger and garlic into a small pan on the hob. Add the rest of the BBQ sauce ingredients and 80ml of water. Simmer over a medium heat for around 20 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Season to taste and set aside.

Remove the ribs from the foil and brush all over with the BBQ sauce and any cooking juices. Return to the indirect heat for another 30 to 40 minutes with the lid on, or until tender and golden, basting well every 10 minutes or so. Remove to a board to rest for 5 minutes, then carve. Enjoy, 'cause these ribs rule!

Want some a more American option? Try this: Kansas City Style Pork Ribs

Don’t have an outdoor BBQ? Try this: Should Be Illegal Oven BBQ Ribs

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