Country-Style Ribs
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Serves: 4 to 6
Sweet Heat Seasoning (makes just over 1 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon. cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
Bourbon BBQ Sauce (makes 2 ½ cups)
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup sugarcane molasses
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Cajun Country-Style Ribs
  • 6 pounds bone-in loin country-style ribs (about 12 ribs)
  • 1 cup Sweet Heat spice rub, see recipe
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 bottles beer
  • 1 cup Bourbon BBQ Sauce, see recipe
Sweet Heat Seasoning
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all spice ingredients together and place in an airtight jar.
Bourbon BBQ Sauce
  1. In a medium pot, add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and let cook until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes. Let cool and store in an empty bourbon bottle or an airtight container. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 months.
Cajun Country-Style Ribs
  1. In a large ovenproof baking dish lined with foil, add the ribs. Sprinkle liberally with spice rub on all sides to coat. Cover with foil and refrigerate to let marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Preheat a gas grill on high.
  3. Add the marinated ribs on the grill grates closest to the heat and char-grill on all sides creating a sealed exterior crust, about 8 minutes. Remove from the grill before the ribs are cooked through.
  4. Place the ribs back into the baking dish and add the vegetables. Pour the beer over the ribs until covered halfway. Cover tightly with foil and place in the oven to bake for 2 hours.
  5. Remove the cooked ribs and gently--using a spatula-- place them back onto the hot grill and brush with the BBQ sauce. Cook until the sauce sets and just begins to blacken, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
These ribs will be cooked tender when you put them back on the grill for a final glaze, so be sure to use a spatula to move them. I like the thicker country-style ribs for this, but baby backs or spareribs should work just fine, too. Make a double batch of the Sweet Heat spice rub and the Bourbon BBQ Sauce; you'll find lots of uses.
Recipe by Acadiana Table at