Game Day Provisions 101: Smokin’ Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Ribs

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SEC Championship Game
December 2, 2017

Georgia vs Auburn

Bourbon & The Path To Sweet Victory

Ribs. Game day just ins’t the same without them & Smokin’ Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Ribs with Bourbon-Molasses Barbecue Sauce certainly deliver the goods. While they’re on the grill, offer a snack of Hog Wash Boiled Peanuts. When it’s time to fix a plate, look no further than Classic Potato Salad & Alabama Cole Slaw to complete the pass for a game day lineup football fanatics are sure to go wild over. And when sweet victory comes into play, you can’t go wrong with Bourbon-Molasses Oatmeal Cookies which are always a crowd-pleasing favorite. Be sure to have a peek at The Tailgaters Quick Reference BBQ Guide for pointers to pull off this classic afternoon football feast perfect for the SEC Championship matchup. 

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Smokin’ Sweet Bourbon-Mustard Ribs
makes 6 servings

The Basic Fundamentals

The thin membrane on the back side of a slab of ribs must be removed making them easier to eat when it’s mealtime. Make a few cuts with a paring knife & pull it away with your fingers. You can then season the slab as directed in the recipe.

2 cups hickory wood chips
2 slabs baby back ribs
Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Rub
1/2 cup Creole mustard
Bourbon-Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Soak the hickory wood chips in water for 30 minutes. Drain. Place the chips in heavy-duty foil & make a packet. Poke a few holes in the foil. Set aside. Pull the thin membrane from the backside of the ribs. Pat the Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Rub liberally on both sides of the ribs. Slather the mustard over both sides of the ribs. Let stand 20 minutes. 

Add the packet of wood chips to the grill or smoker. Place the ribs over indirect heat, about 225 to 275 degrees. Check the progress every 30 minutes. Be sure the side closest to the heat isn’t cooking too quickly. Rotate the ribs if necessary. Cook the ribs over indirect heat 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 185 to 190 degrees. You’re looking for a pink smoke ring in the pork. Pinch the ribs with tongs after 2 hours. They should be tender enough to give easily with a slight tug. Meanwhile, prepare the Bourbon-Molasses Barbecue Sauce. Before removing from the grill grate, brush 1/2 cup of the sauce on the ribs. Cover with the lid & cook for 10 minutes. Remove the ribs & let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

The Extra Point

Ribs pair well with many of our top picks. They can be served with a variety of other appetizers or more traditional barbecue side dishes such as Hot Sauce Deviled Eggs & Bourbon & Coke Baked Beans.

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makes enough for 2 slabs of ribs

Run The Option

Light brown sugar may be substituted for the dark brown sugar, if desired.

3/4 cup dark brown sugar
4 1/2 tsp kosher salt
4 1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp pepper
3/4 tsp celery salt
3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Stir together the ingredients. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Try the rub on chicken & pork or sprinkle over hamburgers before placing them on the grill.

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makes 3 cups

Run The Option

Substitute 2 teaspoons of hot sauce for the red pepper flakes for a spice filled with more vinegar tones.

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 of a small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 cup bourbon
1 {24-oz} bottle ketchup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp creole mustard
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Freshly ground pepper

Sauté the onion in the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over Medium-High heat 8 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic & cook 1 minute. Carefully deglaze the pan with the bourbon. Add the ketchup, the water, the vinegar, the molasses, the mustard, the red pepper flakes & a little pepper to the pan. Reduce the heat to a Low simmer & cook 10 minutes. Use as directed.

The Extra Point

Serve with hamburgers or quesadillas filled with smoked chicken & pork for a tasty alternative to traditional barbecue classics.

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How To Make Ribs

Smoky ribs, chicken & everything in between essentially utilizes an indirect heat process that involves wood. Whether it’s used to build & maintain the fire or simply added with charcoal to enhance the flavor of the foods you’ll be preparing, the type of wood used acts to provide that iconic flavor football fanatics crave on game day. Follow these tips & get ready to make your best barbecue to date.

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The most important step when preparing a slab of ribs is being certain the thin membrane on the backside of the ribs is removed. If it is left unattended to, all of your time & effort will be lost as the ribs will have a tough bite to them. Do not skip this procedure. It isn’t difficult & takes less than five minutes to prep the ribs properly. Here’s what you should know. 

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Turn the ribs to the backside & place the slab on a flat surface. Usually the butcher makes a few small cuts indicating that the prep work should be attended to. You will see them on the bottom of this slab starting in the center of the photo, trailing off to the right.

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Use your finger to loosen it from the slab. It should begin to pull away in one piece. 

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Keeping pulling the membrane until the entire slab has been attended to. Do not pull away anymore than this one section or the ribs may begin to fall apart.

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Once the membrane has been completely removed, follow the recipe instructions to proceed with seasoning them & placing them on the smoker for cooking.

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