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house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Baby Back RIBS

My dad and I are super competitive when it comes to cooking. We are always trying to one-up each other whenever we visit to see who’s got the best skills. It’s all in good fun and some delicious meals have been inspired by our rivalry.

A few years ago when we went to see my parents in South Carolina my dad cooked a batch of fried spareribs for us and it was absolutely delicious! Well, I can’t just let him win, can I? So I’ve come up with a recipe for sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs using House-Autry Mills pork breading to make a crispy crust! House-Autry Mills has been making great quality products like breading mixes, grits and sauces since 1812. Great flavor has kept them in business for a LONG time.

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

House-Autry Mills pork breading is a well-seasoned combination of corn and wheat flours with a variety of spices. I’ve also tried this fried baby back ribs recipe with House-Autry Mills chicken breading and it was delicious as well. Try them both to see which one is your favorite. I found House-Autry breading at Walmart but you can also find it at Harris Teeter, Kroger, Food Lion, and Publix. You can also find their products on Amazon and at House-Autry.com . Use my special code SweetSavant25 for a discount on House-Autry pork breading!

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Brining the ribs in sweet tea draws moisture into the meat so that the ribs are plump and juicy after you cook them. Brining also helps bring the salt and other spices into the ribs so that they are seasoned down to the bone. Let me show you how I did it.

First, make the brine

I want to add the rich flavor of tea to this recipe so I started out by making a brine with hot water and for extra large tea bags that are usually used for making iced tea. I added salt and brown sugar as well as whole garlic cloves and fresh thyme. Cool the brine off by adding ice, you don’t want to add the ribs to a hot brine.

Cut the racks of baby back ribs into individual ribs with a sharp knife. I chose baby back ribs because they are super tender and they don’t take very long to cook. You could do this with spare ribs or Saint Louis thou ribs but they will take a little bit longer to cook.  Place the ribs into the cooled brine then put the whole thing in the refrigerator overnight.

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Next, shake the ribs in House-Autry Mills pork breading

Drain and rinse the ribs but don’t pat them dry you want moisture on the ribs to hold the House Autry breading mix in place. House-Autry pork breading is well seasoned and it will form a crisp crust around the ribs sealing the juiciness in.

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Then FRY

Use a cast iron pan or deep fryer and oil, I use canola but you can use any neutral flavored oil with a high smoke point, to fry these ribs. Set the fryer to 350゚. Place the House-Autry pork breading in a zip-top bag with 5 to 7 ribs (depending on how large your pot is) and shake well to coat. Shake any excess breading off and fry the ribs for 9 to 12 minutes depending on how thick the ribs are.

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Finally, SERVE your sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs!

Once the ribs are fully cooked carefully remove them from the hot oil and place them on a wire rack to drain.

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

I served these sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs with tomato braised collard greens, roasted sweet potatoes, and cast iron skillet cornbread made with House-Autry Mills self-rising cornmeal mix.

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

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house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Baby Back RIBS
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 extra large tea bags for iced tea ( I used decaffeinated)
  • 6 cups of water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • 10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 2 boxes of House Autry pork breading
  • Canola oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Bring the water to a boil
  2. Place the teabags in a large container and pour the water in
  3. Let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes
  4. Remove the tea bags and stir in the salt, brown sugar, juice of 1 lemon, fresh thyme, and garlic cloves
  5. Add the ice and let the brine cool
  6. Cut the rack of ribs into individual ribs and place them into the brine
  7. Refrigerate overnight
  8. Bring your oil to 350 degrees
  9. Drain and rinse the ribs but let them stay damp
  10. Place the House Autry pork breading into a zip-top bag
  11. Add 5-7 ribs to the bag and shake the ribs in the pork breading
  12. Shake off excess breading and fry the ribs in batches, be sure not to overcrowd the pan
  13. Fry the ribs for 9 to 12 minutes per batch depending on the thickness of the ribs
  14. When the ribs are done remove them from the oil and drain them on a wire rack.
  15. Repeat until all of the ribs are cooked
  16. Serve with a side of your favorite dipping sauce

house autry sweet tea brined fried baby back ribs

28 Comments

28 Comments on Sweet Tea Brined Fried Baby Back RIBS

  1. Francesca Murray
    October 16, 2018 at 4:43 am (1 month ago)

    Wow, I’ve never had ribs prepared this way before! Sounds interesting. I’ll have to try this recipe out for myself one of these days!

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 16, 2018 at 11:57 am (1 month ago)

      Fried ribs are next level delicious! I really hope you try it

      Reply
  2. Ranesha
    October 16, 2018 at 12:56 am (1 month ago)

    I’ve made these before they’re so good I’ll have to try your recipe mine is slightly different.

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    • Demetra Overton
      October 16, 2018 at 11:57 am (1 month ago)

      Fried ribs are SO GOOD! I’m sure yours are absolutely delicious!

      Reply
  3. Tanay
    October 12, 2018 at 12:03 pm (1 month ago)

    I think I’ve only had fried ribs one time. These look sooooo good. And I’m sure they aren’t dry!

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm (1 month ago)

      Thank you so much, Tanay! These ribs are so juicy, I think you’ll like them

      Reply
  4. Nicole of NLLMag
    October 12, 2018 at 3:11 am (1 month ago)

    This looks so delicious! I’ll have to try this recipe.

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    • Demetra Overton
      October 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Nicole! I hope you give it a try, it really is very tasty!

      Reply
  5. Kiwi
    October 7, 2018 at 5:33 pm (1 month ago)

    Im sad I cant indulge in this as I am now currently pescatarian. But I think its genius you brined this is sweet tea thats innovative!

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    • Demetra Overton
      October 10, 2018 at 1:54 am (1 month ago)

      No worries, Kiwi! I’ll post more fish recipes soon! Thanks for reading

      Reply
  6. Tiffany Haywood
    October 6, 2018 at 10:04 pm (1 month ago)

    Let’s just say you had me at Sweet Tea! I had no idea it could be used as a brine but now that I do! I will need to give this a try . . .

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    • Demetra Overton
      October 7, 2018 at 11:39 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Tiffany! With a bit of salt you can definitely use sweet tea as a brine. It works really well. I hope you give it a try. Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  7. Kita
    October 5, 2018 at 5:37 am (1 month ago)

    This looks delicious. I need to give this recipe a try. I have never brined meat.

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    • Demetra Overton
      October 5, 2018 at 4:26 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Kita, brining really helps to draw flavor and moisture into the meat. The coating helps to seal all that flavor and juices inside. It really is a tasty dish. Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  8. Mimi Green
    October 5, 2018 at 1:27 am (1 month ago)

    Girl, I am drooling right now. I use House of Autry and I love it. I need to experience these fried ribs. They look delicious.

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 5, 2018 at 2:06 am (1 month ago)

      These ribs are AMAZING! House-Autry products are spiced just right. Not too salty and the perfect amount of seasoning.

      Reply
  9. Leslie
    October 4, 2018 at 11:32 pm (1 month ago)

    OMG..fried ribs! Never had them but I am intrigued. I bet it seals in all the flavor from the brine. I may try this. Thanks for recipe!

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 5, 2018 at 2:07 am (1 month ago)

      Oh Yes, Leslie! The juices are all sealed inside that crispy coating. Its a real treat for sure. Thanks for reading

      Reply
  10. Kim
    October 4, 2018 at 11:09 pm (1 month ago)

    This must have a really interesting flavor profile. The crisp, golden crust looks so good!

    Reply
  11. Ola
    October 4, 2018 at 8:59 pm (1 month ago)

    Fried spare ribs??? I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I love the idea! Showing this post to The Husband now. We’ve GOT to try this!

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 5, 2018 at 2:08 am (1 month ago)

      These are a real treat for sure. Fried ribs are a hit around here. My son asked for more today! Thanks for reading

      Reply
  12. Stacie
    October 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm (1 month ago)

    Oh wow, I bet the flavor on these is really nice. I’ve never had fried ribs so it would be fun to try it.

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 4, 2018 at 4:05 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Stacie. The flavor is absolutely delicious. These fried ribs have the perfect crunch and texture. Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  13. Sheena Steward
    October 3, 2018 at 11:36 pm (1 month ago)

    I don’t even eat pork but my mouth is watering lol. I’ll pass this recipe to my husband so he can try it out.

    Reply
    • Demetra Overton
      October 4, 2018 at 12:46 pm (1 month ago)

      Hi Sheena! I’m so glad you like the recipe. House-Autry Mills also has chicken and fish breading that you might like to try on wings or fish. Thanks for reading!

      Reply
  14. Jennifer Crowell
    October 3, 2018 at 7:24 pm (1 month ago)

    This looks delicious, can you do the sweet tea brine for grilling your ribs?

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    • Demetra Overton
      October 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm (1 month ago)

      Yes! You absolutely can use this brine before grilling the ribs. I wouldn’t cut the ribs apart if you going to grill them. Brine the whole rack the grill. Thanks for reading

      Reply

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