‘House of Cards’ Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Ribs Recipe

Are you a House of Cards fan? Do you dream of eating at Freddy’s? Well now you can make Freddy’s ribs right at home. Netflix asked Curtis Stone to create a recipe worth of being Freddy’s sticky sauce ribs and now I’m sharing it with you.

First, let’s talk about Netflix. I know you’ve probably heard about the variety of options when you’re looking to cut back expenses around the house. And the first thing that’s always suggested is dropping cable and picking up a streaming type service like Netflix. They allow members to stream TV shows and movies any time and anywhere you want. They support streaming on PS3, Wii, Xbox, PC, Mac, Mobile, Tablet and more. Netflix will even suggest shows you might like based on your viewing history.

Can you imagine catching up on your favorite shows while you’re making Thanksgiving dinner? We already stream music in the kitchen while cooking and cleaning. I could easily see our family giving House of Cards or Orange is the New Black a try, catching up on some of our favorite shows like New Girl or How It’s Made and maybe watching a movie or two.

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Freddy's Sticky Saucy Ribs Recipe

Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs

Curtis Stone
Every time I’m watching “House of Cards” on Netflix, I want to taste those ribs that Frank eats from Freddy’s BBQ Joint. Now we all can sink our teeth into those sticky saucy ribs right along with Frank! These ribs are served with a barbecue sauce more like the one you’ll find in North Carolina (where Frank is from originally) – one with plenty of vinegar, mustard, and a touch of heat. I’ve included two cooking methods for you to try – the original true barbecue method where the ribs are slowly smoked in the barbecue, and the quicker oven-baked version – both are finger lickin’ good!
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 561 kcal


Spice Rub

  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 1 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cups chicken broth reduced-sodium
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • 4 racks pork baby back ribs 2 1/2-pounds each
  • 3/4 cups cider vinegar

Optional Special Equipment to Barbecue the Ribs

  • 1 aluminum foil pan 13 × 9-inch or larger
  • 3 cups hickory wood chips soaked in cold water to cover for 1 hour
  • Clean spray bottle


Prepare the spice rub

  • The day before you cook the ribs, make the spice rub. In a medium bowl, mix the brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin together.
  • Place the ribs on 2 large baking sheets and rub the ribs all over with the spice mixture.
    Freddy's Sticky Saucy Ribs Recipe
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

Make the barbecue sauce

  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until tender.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the garlic is tender.
  • Stir in the paprika, then stir in the whisky and vinegar, bring just to a simmer, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth, ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper, and cayenne. Bring the sauce to a simmer over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered, stirring often to prevent scorching, for about 30 minutes, or until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly.
  • Remove from the heat. Once cooled, store in air tight container in the refrigerator.

Barbecue the ribs (Baking option below)

  • Prepare an outdoor grill for low cooking over indirect heat: For a gas grill, place the foil pan over one or two unlit burners and half-fill the pan with water. Turn on the remaining burner(s) and heat the grill to 300°F. Spread 1 cup of the drained wood chips on a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Place the foil directly on the lit burner and wait until the chips are smoking before you add the ribs to the grill.
  • For a charcoal grill, place the foil pan on the charcoal grate on one side of the grill and half-fill the pan with water. Build a charcoal fire on the other side and let it burn until the coals are covered with white ash and you can hold your hand just above the cooking grate for 4 to 5 seconds. (To check the temperature more accurately, cover the grill and drop a long-stemmed metal candy thermometer through the top vent; it should register about 300°F.) Sprinkle 1 cup of the drained wood chips over the coals.
  • Combine the vinegar and 3/4 cup water in the spray bottle. Season the ribs with the salt. Place the ribs on the cooking grate over the water-filled pan. (Don’t worry if the ribs extend over the pan, as the pan will still catch the majority of the dripping juices.) Grill, with the lid closed, turning the ribs over and spraying them every 45 minutes or so with the vinegar mixture, adding another cup of drained wood chips at the same intervals, for about 3 hours, or until the meat is just tender. For a charcoal grill, you will need to add 12 ignited charcoal briquettes (or the equivalent in hardwood charcoal) to the fire along with the chips every 45 minutes to maintain the grill temperature. (Light the charcoal in a chimney starter on a fire-safe surface, or use a small portable grill or hibachi.) For either grill, do not add more wood chips after the 1 hour and 30 minute point, as too much smoke will give the ribs a bitter flavor.
  • Once the ribs are tender, begin brushing them lightly with the barbecue sauce every few minutes or so, allowing the sauce to set before applying the next coat. Continue brushing the ribs with the sauce, turning occasionally, for about 30 minutes, or until the meat has shrunk from the ends of the bones. Transfer the ribs to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.

Bake the ribs (Alternative to grilling)

  • Position the racks in the center and upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375°F. Cover the ribs on the baking sheets with foil. Bake the ribs, rotating the baking sheets and basting the ribs after the first 45 minutes, and recovering them with foil, for 1 1/2 hours, or until the ribs are tender and the meat has shrunk from the ends of the bones.
  • Uncover the ribs, baste them with the barbecue sauce and continue baking for 10 minutes, brushing them lightly with the barbecue sauce every few minutes or so, allowing the sauce to set before applying the next coat.


  • Using a large sharp knife, cut the racks into individual ribs. Arrange the ribs on a platter and serve with the remaining sauce on the side.
Keyword finger food, kid friendly

Disclosure: This post brought to you by Netflix. All opinions are 100% mine.

By Angelia Embler

Angi grew up in southern Arizona but now lives in central New Mexico with her husband, two sons and four dogs. She creates, answers @Yoast support, and loves to ramble. Find her curled up with a book or watching her favorite TV shows, movies, or American football game. ?

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