Texas Cowboy-Style Ribs

Beef short ribs are rubbed with a slightly sweet rub, baked and then smoked with mesquite wood chucks to create these Texas-style ribs.

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Makes:
6 servings
Prep:
30 mins
Bake:
1 hr 30 mins 350°F
Cook:
35 mins
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Texas Cowboy-Style Ribs

Ingredients
4
pounds beef chuck short ribs
1
tablespoon chili powder
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
1
teaspoon salt
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1
teaspoon onion powder
1
teaspoon ground cumin
1
teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper
2
cups mesquite chips
1
medium onion, finely chopped
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
tablespoon cooking oil
1 1/2
cups ketchup
1/4
cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4
cup hot strong coffee
1/4
cup red wine vinegar
2
tablespoons packed brown sugar
1
canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
2
teaspoons dry mustard
1/2
teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Trim fat from ribs. Place ribs in a shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl combine chili powder, the 1 tablespoon brown sugar, the 1 teaspoon salt, the garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Generously sprinkle rub mixture over both sides of ribs; rub in with your fingers. Cover pan with foil.
  2. Bake ribs in a 350 degrees F oven for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until tender. Drain off fat.
  3. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Drain wood chips.
  4. In a medium saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil over medium heat 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, coffee, vinegar, the 2 tablespoons brown sugar, the chipotle pepper, dry mustard, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  5. Sprinkle wood chips over medium coals in a charcoal grill. Place ribs on the grill rack directly over the coals. Grill, covered, for 15 minutes or until ribs are browned, turning once. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Add wood chips according to manufacturer directions. Place ribs on grill rack. Grill as directed above.) Serve ribs with sauce. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

(Texas Cowboy-Style Ribs)
    Per serving:
  • 342 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 6 g monounsatured fat),
  • 72 mg chol.,
  • 1455 mg sodium,
  • 28 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 22 g sugar,
  • 25 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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