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Pork Ribs With Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce – Recipe

Summertime calls for outdoor cooking/grilling, and enjoying fun activities with family and friends.

You don’t have to wait for a special holiday or a celebration, to have a barbecue.  You do it just because you feel like taking advantage of the warm weather and cooking outdoors.  Not to mention to give your husband a chance to show off his grilling skills, while you are relaxing with a nice cold drink while chatting with everyone (which most likely happens after you set everything up for him beforehand…).

My son-in-law prepared these finger-licking barbecue ribs, and since all enjoyed them so much he let me share this recipe on my blog.

Pork Ribs With Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce – Recipe

Pork Ribs With Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce – Recipe


  • 6 pounds pork baby back ribs
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups barbecue sauce (see recipe below)
  • 2 (12 ounce) bottles porter beer, room temperature
  • Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste


  1. Cut ribs into small portions of 2 or 3 bones each.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  3. Season water a pinch each of salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper to the water.
  4. Boil ribs in seasoned water for 20 minutes.
  5. Drain, and let the ribs sit for about a half an hour.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  7. Lightly coat the ribs with barbecue sauce.
  8. Cook the ribs over high heat for a 5 to 10 minutes on each side to get a nice grilled look to them.
  9. Place grilled ribs in a slow cooker.
  10. Pour remaining barbecue sauce and one bottle of beer over the ribs; this should cover at least half of the ribs.
  11. Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours.
  12. Check ribs every hour or so, and add more beer if needed to dilute sauce
  13. Stir to get the ribs on top into the sauce.
  14. The ribs are done when the meat is falling off the bone.
  15. The ribs were cooked completely in the first process, the rest is about flavor and texture.
  16. Bourbon Whiskey Barbecue Sauce
  17. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and whiskey.
  18. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  19. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.
  20. Bring to a boil.
  21. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  22. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce.



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