Just in time for the Forth of July. My grill died, again! I say this because I have had four grills in ten years. It was getting to the point of stupid and me being cheap. So I decided to bite the bullet and buy what I really wanted. A smoker and a grill, preferably not propane (I got horribly burned from a gas grill in the past), not charcoal as it takes to long for me to heat up and something that can fit on my small porch. So I got the best worlds, A Traeger, wood pellet smoker and grill all in one. I like the option of changing out the wood pellets to what ever flavor you want. I’m kinda a wussy when it comes to smoke, so I bought a few bags of the applewood pellets. Just enough flavor without being overpowering. Anyway, this thing cooks better than any grill that I have ever owned, hands down, period. If you are in the market for a new grill. Check out the Traeger. It will be well worth your investment. Plus, it just looks cute.. yes grills can look cute… ha.
Being excited as a kid in a candy store, I have been a smokin’ and grilling fool this week. While I was enjoying a “Mule” on my neighbors deck and soaking in the hot sun the other night, I was thinking about what to grill. Everyone was craving ribs so that was easy. Then I was thinking how awesome my cocktail was and why couldn’t I incorporate the ginger beer into a BBQ sauce? Heck, people use Coke in sauces, why not ginger beer. It’s like nectar. So dang good. It’s got huge flavor and a little ginger kick that is just right for the sauce and for braising the ribs in. So this is the recipe that I came up with! Kid tested and neighbors approve.. Give it a try! I’m making it again for the Forth of July party!
For the Dry Rub
- ¼ cup kosher salt
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup sweet paprika
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 1 tbs pepper
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp coriander
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp five spice powder
For the BBQ sauce
- Olive oil
- ½ cup onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
- 2 cups ketchup
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup ginger beer
- ½ cup molasses
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup of the spice mixture
- Pork Ribs (How ever many you want to cook, this makes plenty of spice rub and sauce)
- Ginger beer
- heavy duty aluminum foil
- In a medium bowl, add the the ingredients for the spice rub and mix well to combine.
- In a large sauce pan, add some olive oil onions, garlic and jalapenos and saute for 5 minutes. Add the ketchup, soy, ginger beer, molasses, vinegar and spice mixture. Simmer on low for 30 minutes. With an immersion blender or regular blender (in small batches) blend until sauce becomes smooth. Set aside.
- On a large baking sheet, liberally apply the spice rub to both sides of the the ribs.
- If you are going to smoke the ribs first, place the ribs meaty side down and smoke for three hours.
- When the ribs are done smoking, transfer a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Make sure you raise the edges. Pour in one cup of ginger beer and place one more sheet of foil over the ribs. Crimp the edges tightly so that the ribs can braise.
- Raise the temperature on the grill to 250 degrees and cook the ribs for an additional 1½ to 2 hours.
- Remove from the grill and place the ribs back on the cookie sheet. Raise the temperature on the grill to high.
- Put the ribs back on the grill and baste liberally with the sauce. Cook until they look good for you. I grilled mine for 10 to 15 additional minutes.
- If you are not smoking the ribs. Place ribs in a large baking dish and pour in one bottle of ginger beer. Cover with foil and bake for 1½- 2 hours in a 250 degree oven.
- Remove and grill as described above.