Chili Molasses Smoked Beef Ribs

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“My own recipe for a sweet spicy sauce to simmer beef ribs, then smoke them on the pit. Lots of room for variation, even if you don't have the exact ingedients!”
3hrs 30mins
14-17 Ribs

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 beef ribs (7-8 ribs each rack)
  • 12 gallon apple juice (Organic fresh is best, but any apple juice or apple cider will work, *1)
  • 14-1 gallon water (*1)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 14 cup molasses (Sorghum or Black Strap is best)
  • 14 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Braggs liquid aminos (*2)
  • 5 -8 garlic cloves (smashed or chopped doesn't really matter)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 4 dried guajillo chilies, de-stemmed, de-seeded, torn up in pieces (*3)
  • 12 tablespoon cayenne powder
  • 2 tablespoons allspice (optional if you don't have any, but really this is the "secret" ingredient., *4)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder


  1. Add everything to pot big enough to completely immerse your ribs. Pot should be big enough to completely submerge your ribs. I cut my racks down to 2-3 rib pieces. Not in singles or they dry out to much.
  2. Simmer, covered on low for 45-60 minutes. DO NOT BOIL!
  3. Transfer to barrel pit or smoker, and smoke for 1-2 hours.
  4. Use a brush or mop to baste a couple of times while on the barbecue.
  5. *1- In general the ratio for liquid is 2 to 1 apple cider. I have added beer, wine, a cup of leftover coffee, orange juice, etc. Just be sure your ribs are completely covered.
  6. *2- You can use Worcestershire sauce, Soy sauce, or some other equivalent. All of these are salty which is why I do not add any other salt, it dries out the meat. It is betterr to add the salt while you are eating!
  7. *3- You could use any mild/medium dried chili, or if you don't have any just use more Chili power, Cayenne powder or Chipotle powder.
  8. *4- Allspice really gives this that something special, but if you don't have any try a little cloves, cinnamon or nutmeg. (But NOT a whole tablespoon of these spice.).
  9. I have only ever smoked these using mesquite, or charcoal with some pecan or peach. I don't know how oak or hickory will affect the flavors.

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