Gangster Party: Hennessy BBQ Ribs

If the occasion is nothing but a gangster party, then there's no way you could throw one without a delicious rack of ribs and bottles of Hennessy. Whether it's the barbeque scene in Boyz In the Hood or one of your hood cousins' cookout, you've definitely seen these two perched on folding tables in aluminum pans and brown paper bags. This recipe combines them both. 

Ribs is one of those things I grew up eating and seemed much more intimidating and labor intensive to prepare than they actually are. Don't get me wrong, there are all types of barbeque options that require several hours and even days of marinating, smoking or roasting, but this isn't one of them. The most beautiful part is, you never have to leave the comfort of your kitchen, but you end up with a slab that would make all the guests in Snoop's "What' My Name" video happy campers. 

I present to you, my Hennessy BBQ Ribs.




  • 4-5lb pork ribs (with spares is fine)
  • salt 
  • pepper
  • onion powder 
  • granulated garlic 
  • paprika
  • brown sugar 
  • aluminum foil
  • coconut oil cooking spray 
  • scallions 

Hennessy BBQ Sauce 

  • 1/2 cup Hennessy
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 3tbsp cider vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • soy sauce
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • granulated garlic 


  1. For Hennessy barbeque sauce, combine all ingredients (season to taste with ingredients without measurements) in a medium size sauce pot over medium-high heat. Allow it come to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Transfer sauce to desired container. 
  2. Preheat oven to 325. 
  3. Tear a sheet of wide, heavy duty aluminum foil a little longer than the length of your ribs and coat with cooking spray. Lay meaty side down and season liberally with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, paprika and brown sugar. Repeat on the other side. 
  4. Wrap seasoned ribs a second time with an additional sheet of aluminum foil to ensure they're fully covered. 
  5. Place double wrapped ribs on a large baking sheet and in the over for 2 1/2 hours. 
  6. Remove ribs from the oven and turn on your broiler to high. 
  7. Slice ribs into individual pieces and brush Hennessy BBQ sauce on the meaty side. 
  8. Place ribs back into the oven and allow broiler to caramelize BBQ (about 2-4 minutes). 
  9. Remove from the oven. 
  10. Plate and garnish with sliced scallions. 
  11. Enjoy those gangster ass ribs!