Combine all ingredients except ribs and water in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boi, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
Place ribs in a 12-quart roasting pan with the water. Cover and bake in a 400°F oven for 1 1/2 hours. Drain excess fat from pan. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Pour desired amount of sauce over ribs and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Pass additional sauce at the table.
Makes 6 servings.
Finalist in the third national TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition. Submitted by Firefighter Greg Drazkowski, Menomonie Fire Department, Wisconsin.