Spicy Ribs with a Molasses Barbecue Sauce

Spicy Ribs with a Molasses Barbecue Sauce


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Looking to get that tailgate BBQ flavor? Give these spicy-sweet ribs a try! The spicy rub brings the heat while the sweet and savory barbecue sauce cuts right through it, leaving you with tender and delicious ribs!

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Chicago, IL

Time needed

40 min preparation + 2 1/2 hour cooking

Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • 2 racks of pork ribs
  • For The Spicy Rub:
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • For The Molasses Sauce:
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup water

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Preheat oven to 400F.
Combine 2 tablespoons brown sugar, paprika, cumin, 1 tablespoon chili powder, coriander, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, dry mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix together until well combined.
Rub ribs generously on both sides with the spice mix and set aside.
Heat oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add the garlic and cook until soft.
Combine water, ketchup, honey, cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and molasses in the saucepan, stirring and heating until well combined and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Line a roasting tray with the dry ribs. Brush on both sides with the molasses sauce.
Place in the oven and bake for about 1 ½ hours, basting with the sauce every fifteen minutes.
Let cool and enjoy!

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