I like to call this barbeque ribs recipe drunken ribs, since they're soaked in a beer marinade overnight before they're barbequed. As the flavors from the marinade soak in, the alcohol of the beer loosens up the meat, making it really tender. At least, that's my theory!
You can use baby back ribs for this recipe, or a trimmed whole spare rib. If going the spare rib route, trim the slab Kansas City style for best results. The even thickness cook evenly on the grill. And all the trimmings make great snacks to munch on as the pork ribs are grilling!
The marinade includes beer, naturally, and a variety of seasonings. Here's the recipe, enough for two Kansas City trimmed slabs.
Three cans or bottles of beer
One-quarter cup of lime juice
Two tablespoons of white sugar
One tablespoon salt
Two teaspoons onion powder
One teaspoon black pepper
One-half teaspoon cumin
One-half teaspoon red pepper flakes
The beer can be a run of the mill lager if you like. For more flavor in your ribs try a rich, hoppy ale, a smooth Porter, or even a nice stout.
Combine the marinade ingredients and soak the two slabs for two to four hours. Marinate the ribs in a non-reactive container- plastic, stainless steel or glass. Don't use aluminum, copper or cast iron- the acid in the lime juice will react to the metal and create off flavors. Large plastic food storage or freezer bags are great matinating containers too, though it may be necessary to cut the slabs into two or three sections to fit.
Using the indirect grilling method, cook the ribs until tender, but not to the falling apart stage. Depending on the grill temperature and the size of the slabs, figure on two to four hours total grilling time.
The rub in this recipe uses whole spices, ground in either an electric
coffee mill or by using a mortar and pestle. The rub adds very fresh
flavor to these baby backs.
Memphis Style Ribs
Memphis style rib rub and basting sauce give these ribs all the flavor needed. No sauce required!
Mustard Rub Spare Ribs
The mustard and honey coating these ribs acts like glue, holding the dry rub rub firmly in place.
Marinated Country Ribs
Country style ribs are marinated, then seasoned with rib rub before hitting the grill.
For a different flavor twist, try finishing the ribs with a sprinkle of Rose's Lime Juice, available in the drink-mixer section of the store. Or just serve with your favorite sauce. Either way, these ribs taste great!