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Love's BBQ Rib Glaze

Subject: Loves rib glaze
From: Florek
Date: 7/29/2021, 12:36 PM

On 7/28/2021 6:50 PM, Florek wrote:

I am looking for Loves Sweet rib glaze.  It was not a BBQ sauce but a light glaze.  

Hello Florek,

My main Love's BBQ page is here: Love's BBQ

I had no success finding a recipe or a copycat for Love's rib glaze. I did find it mentioned a lot on message boards, but no one has a recipe. Several people who have tried that copycat bbq sauce recipe with a lot of brown sugar said that, while it wasn't exactly the rib glaze, it was the closest thing they'd ever found to it. The recipe is at Love's BBQ


Subject: Loves rib glaze
From: Florek
Date: 7/29/2021, 2:09 PM

On 7/29/2021 12:50 PM, florek wrote:
There is a YouTuber that said he found it on line.  Ballistic BBQ is what he goes by.  
But does not show how to do it.

Hi Florek,

I saw Ballistic's video earlier at Love's Wood Pit BBQ Ribs Copycat, but I ignored it because the recipe that he gives (except for the tomato sauce and tomato paste) is the same one that I have for a Love's BBQ sauce copycat recipe here: Love's BBQ

Ballistic says he found it on the web, as I did, but he says it's Love's chicken glaze. He says that the only change he made was to add tomatoes, by which he means tomato sauce and tomato paste. He says that someone who was related to one of the chefs at the original Love's saw the recipe and said it was correct.  He says the ribs he cooked this way taste just like his memory of Love's baby back ribs. Be that as it may, I watched the entire video this time and made notes. So, if you trust Ballistic's judgement, try this:

1. In the video, Ballistic has a rather special smoker that he uses, so you may have to adjust the cooking time based on your smoker. He gets it heated to 250 degrees F. He uses hickory wood and a small amount of cherry wood for smoking the ribs. He doesn't use a rub on the ribs, just salt and black pepper. He cooks the ribs for 1 hour.
2. While the ribs are cooking, he makes the sauce or glaze. Don't substitute any ingredients - The cider vinegar, brown sugar, pickling spices, and especially the lard, are important ingredients.

Love's Rib Glaze Copycat Recipe

2 cups cider vinegar
3 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons celery seed
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
2 tablespoons pork lard
1/4 cup pickling spices

Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer until desired thickness. (40 minutes.)

The added ingredients to the recipe that I already had are the 1 cup of tomato sauce 
and the 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.

3. When the ribs have been cooking for 1 hour, take them off the fire and onto a rack. 
Baste them  on both sides with the glaze.

4. Put them back into the smoker and cook them for 45 more minutes.

5. Enjoy

Hope this works for you.


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