Monday, August 25, 2014

Apple Ale BBQ Ribs

Last Monday marked 2 years since I started this blog!  To celebrate, I made Apple Ale BBQ Spare Ribs.  These ribs took 2.5 hours to cook in the oven so you need to start at least 3 hours before serving.  Most rib recipes need the rub applied several hours before popping them in the oven, but I applied the rub just 10 minutes before the oven and they came out really tender and tasty! After an hour of cooking, I started basting and turning the ribs.  As my sons can attest, the ribs were very saucy :-)

Apple Ale BBQ Spare Ribs:

1 tsppaprika
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tspkosher salt
2 tsp onion powder
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp hickory flavored liquid smoke 

Pre-heat the oven to 325* F. Mix all the rub ingredients together in a small bowl.  Massage the rub mixture into both sides of the ribs.  Place the ribs in a large foil lined baking pan.  

Mix together 1 cup of apple ale and 2 additional teaspoons off liquid smoke.  Add to the baking pan.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for an hour in the oven.

While the ribs are baking, you can make the BBQ sauce.  

3/4 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tsp hickory flavored liquid smoke
2 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water 

Mix everything except the cornstarch and water together with a whisk in a small saucepan. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Mix the 2 tsp of cornstarch in a small bowl with the 2 tbsp of water.  Add the cornstarch mixture to the saucepan and cook for 1-2 minutes more.  The sauce should thicken considerably.  

After the ribs have cooked for an hour remove the foil cover and baste with sauce.  Return to oven and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.  Turn the ribs over and baste the bottom and cook for another 15 minutes.  Flip, baste & bake for two more 15 minute intervals.  Remove from oven and let rest in the pan for 10 minutes before serving.

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