Ribs: Place the ribs in a large pan of cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer,
uncovered, for 45 minutes. While the ribs are cooking, combine all the marinade
ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally,
for 15 minutes.
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Drain the ribs and arrange in 1 layer in a large roasting pan. Pour 2 cups of
marinade over them, brushing it on to cover both sides. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes,
until the ribs are tender.
Serve with lots of napkins and a bowl of the remaining marinade on the side.
Butch's BBQ Sauce: Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat until
hot. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add all
the remaining ingredients and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, stirring to
dissolve the sugar. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf and let cool.
The sauce will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for 2 months.