Ingredients

How to make it

  • Arrange ribs in large roasting pan. Pour bourbon over. Chill 30 minutes, turning ribs often. Pour off and discard bourbon.
  • Whisk salt and next 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture on both sides of ribs. Let stand 1 hour.
  • Place wood chips in medium bowl. Pour beer over; let stand 1 hour. Place handful of torn newspaper in bottom of charcoal chimney. Top newspaper with 25 charcoal briquettes. Remove upper rack from barbecue. Place chimney on lower grill rack. Light newspaper and let charcoal burn until ash is gray, about 30 minutes.
  • Open 1 bottom grill vent. Turn out hot charcoal onto 1 side of lower rack. Using metal spatula, spread charcoal to cover approximately 1/3 of rack. Remove 1 cup wood chips from beer and drain (keep remaining chips in beer). Scatter drained chips over coals (avoid using too many wet chips, which may douse the fire). Fill foil loaf pan halfway with water and place opposite the coals on lower grill rack.
  • Place upper grill rack on barbecue. Arrange ribs on upper grill rack above loaf pan. Cover barbecue with lid, positioning top vent directly over ribs. Place stem of candy thermometer through top vent, with gauge on outside and tip near ribs (thermometer should not touch meat or grill rack); leave in place during cooking. Check temperature after 5 minutes. Use top and bottom vents to maintain temperature between 275°F and 325°F, opening vents wider to increase heat and closing to decrease heat. Leave any other vents closed.
  • After 45 minutes, use technique described earlier to light an additional 15 charcoal briquettes in same charcoal chimney set atop nonflammable surface.
  • When temperature of barbecue falls below 275°F, use oven mitts to lift off upper rack with ribs; place rack with ribs on heatproof surface. Using tongs, add hot gray charcoal from chimney to bottom rack. Drain remaining 1 cup wood chips; sprinkle over charcoal. Reposition upper rack on barbecue, placing ribs above loaf pan. Cover with lid. Grill until ribs are very tender and meat pulls away from bones, about 45 minutes longer, brushing with 3/4 cup Bourbon Barbecue Sauce the last 15 minutes of cooking.
  • Transfer ribs to platter. Brush with 3/4 cup more barbecue sauce. Serve, passing remaining sauce separately, if desired.
  • Bourbon BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup mild-flavored (light) molasses
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Combine all ingredients in heavy large saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered until sauce thickens and flavors blend, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover; chill.)
  • Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

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  • browneyegirl 1 year ago
    You got me at the sauce.I'm always looking for diffrent types of sauces.
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    schubo52 ate it and said...
    Well correct you are.
    I was going through lots of Rib recipes and somehow got yours mixed up with another ?.
    It has me totally confused. Nice recipe for a Weber
    Your Sauce is great by the way.
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  • darbar 5 years ago
    What gas grill are you talking about?
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    schubo52 ate it and said...
    Great tech for doing a good job of trying to make true Smoked Ribs on a gas grill , so gave you my max number of forks ever for a gas fired grill Smoking ribs.
    Doug
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    " It was excellent "
    mark555 ate it and said...
    What a great recipe! Thanks for posting it.
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    " It was excellent "
    minitindel ate it and said...
    oh yummmmmm i love these thanks for sharing
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  • kathye 7 years ago
    This looks so good!! I think you made a mistake though...you really need 4 beers---2 for the ribs and 2 for the cooks! K
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    " It was excellent "
    tinam ate it and said...
    oowwweeee! finger-licking! I'll rave about this one for a long time! thx for the posting!
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