Smoking-Good Bourbon Molasses Baby Back Ribs

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Barbeque ribs is that quintessential summertime meal that every backyard party needs. While barbeque sauces can range from mustardy and tangy to dark coffee flavors, the biggest crowd pleaser is always a sweet and smoky bourbon molasses sauce. Start these baby back ribs in the pressure cooker and then switch them over to the grill for that perfect fall-off-the-bone tenderness. Do be prepared to get your hands messy with this delicious BBQ recipe!


Yields: 6 servings



For the Bourbon Barbecue Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • ½ cup mild molasses
  • 1/3 cup Bourbon
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs. Tabasco sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder


For the Bourbon Baby Back Ribs:

  • 6 baby back pork rib racks
  • 1 cup Bourbon
  • 3 Tbs. kosher salt
  • 3 Tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbs. paprika
  • 2 Tbs. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cup dark beer



For The Sauce:

  • 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 up to one week in advance. Cover and keep in refrigerator until ready to use.


For the Ribs:

  • 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.
  • Plug in the pressure cooker and place pot inside.  Add in beer.  Place ribs into the cooker by either cutting into half, or stand on end, and spiraling racks in a circle until all are in the pot. Pour ½ of the BBQ sauce over the ribs (you can also baste ribs prior to inserting into pot).  Secure the lid and close the pressure valve to Air Tight.
  • To prepare these for the grill, set Cook Time to 80 minutes.  After the cooking time has elapsed, unplug or turn off the pressure cooker.  The pressure may be released immediately by opening the valve or gradually (wait until pressure has dissipated).  Be sure pressure has been released and then safely remove the lid.
  • Carefully remove the rib racks from the pot.  Brush with a little more of the BBQ sauce, and immediately place on a hot grill or under the broiler for 10 to 15 minutes total, turning once.  Ribs should be well browned and meat is very tender. Serve immediately with additional BBQ Sauce for dipping.


What else do you think would pair well with this bourbon molasses bbq sauce?

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