Connecticut woman wins national cooking contest

(Photo: ABC)

NEW YORK (WTNH) – Last Wednesday a Bloomfield woman became the first ever winner of a national cooking contest on ABC’s The Chew.

Francine Austin’s winning recipe was her Brown Sugar Bourbon Molasses Spareribs. She claims her reason for her success is her family’s authentic Southern style of cooling.

In addition to cooking, Austin is also an entrepreneur. She is the owner of Francine’s Salon and Day Spa in Bloomfield. Austin’s clients all verify her culinary skills, because they often get to eat many of her dishes according to officials at The Chew.

If you would like to make Austin’s Brown Sugar Bourbon Barbecue Ribs for yourself, here is the winning recipe (source: ABC’s The Chew).



  • 8-9 pounds pork spare ribs (separated)
  • 3 tablespoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar bourbon seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 scallions (finely chopped, plus more to garnish)
  • 1 bottle Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1 bottle Bourbon Molasses BBQ Sauce
Step-by-step directions:
  • On a baking sheet, lay out the spare ribs in an even layer.
  • In a medium bowl, add the garlic, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar bourbon seasoning. Rub ribs all over with seasoning. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • Place a large skillet or sauté pan over high heat. Add the oil and some ribs. Sear the ribs on both sides and remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Continue searing remaining ribs.
  • In a medium bowl, add scallions, Sriracha Teriyaki Sauce, and Bourbon Molasses BBQ Sauce, and mix to combine.
  • Place ribs on a baking sheet and pour enough of the sauce over ribs to evenly coat. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, covered. Uncover and bake for 5-7 more minutes, until ribs are burnt and sticky! Drizzle ribs with more sauce. Garnish with more scallions.
  • Helpful Tips:
    – Serve with a side of roasted carrots!
    – Use your favorite barbecue sauce!

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