Spicy Beer-Brined Ribs


If you like your ribs smoky, be sure to add the liquid smoke to this gutsy beer marinade.

Spicy Beer-Brined Ribs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Marinate Time:
6 hrs
Grill Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 3 12 ounce can beer

  • 3 tablespoon coarse kosher salt

  • 3 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon celery seeds

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)

  • 4 pound meaty pork spareribs or loin back ribs

  • ½ cup Honey-Beer Barbecue Sauce* or bottled barbecue sauce

Honey-Beer Barbecue Sauce

  • cup onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • ¾ cup chili sauce

  • ½ cup beer

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard


  1. For brine, in a large bowl, combine beer, salt, brown sugar, celery seeds, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper, and, if desired, liquid smoke; stir until salt and brown sugar are dissolved. Cut ribs into 2-rib portions; place in a resealable large plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour brine over ribs; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 6 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  2. Remove ribs from bag; discard brine. Pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. Test for medium heat above the drip pan. Place ribs, bone sides down, on the grill rack over the drip pan. (Or place ribs in a rib rack; place rib rack on the grill rack over the drip pan.) Cover and grill for 1-1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until ribs are tender, brushing with barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling. Add additional coals as needed to maintain temperature. Makes 4 servings.

Honey-Beer Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic in cooking oil until tender. Stir in chili sauce, beer, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and prepared mustard. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.

Prepare as directed through step 2. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Grill as directed in step 3.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

12 Calories
95g Fat
16g Carbs
78g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 11.9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 95.5g 122%
Saturated Fat 37.5g 188%
Cholesterol 341.8mg 114%
Sodium 1559mg 68%
Total Carbohydrate 15.9g 6%
Protein 78g
Vitamin C 1.2mg 6%
Calcium 121.2mg 9%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 1064mg 23%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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