Black Cherry Bourbon Spare Ribs

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Oct. 02, 2013

Delicious spare ribs with bourbon!


Spare rib 1 1/2 Pound , washed, trimmed
For brine
Oranges 3 , juiced
Lemon 2 , juiced
Lime 2 , juiced
Water 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Kosher salt 2 Tablespoon
Dried thyme 1 Teaspoon
Red pepper flakes 1 Tablespoon
For bourbon glaze
Butter 2 Tablespoon
Brown sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Crushed red pepper flakes 1 Pinch
Salt 2 Teaspoon
Coarse black pepper 1 Teaspoon
Red cherry bourbon 1 1/4 Cup (20 tbs) , divided
For spraying
Apple juice 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Cider vinegar 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)



1. In a mixing bowl, squeeze out the juice of orange, lemon and lime. Add water, thyme, red pepper flakes and kosher salt, mix together.

2. In a zip lock bag, roll and place the spare rib, pour in the juice mixture and allow to brine for 3 to 6 hours.

3. Preheat an outdoor grill to about 250F to 275F.


4. In a saucepan, melt butter, add brown sugar, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes, pour in the bourbon (1 cup) and mix.

5. On the heated grill, place the rib and allow to grill for about 3 hours. Spray with apple juice and cider vinegar first after 1 hour and then at intervals of 30 minutes.

6. Place the rib on a foil sheet, pour in the remaining bourbon, wrap and grill for another 1 hour.

7. Unwrap and place the rib directly on the grill, brush with the prepared glaze and allow to grill for 1 hour, brush with the glaze after every 20 minutes.


8. Cut into slices and serve with your choice of beverage.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 522Calories from Fat 203

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 22 g33.8%

Saturated Fat 11 g55%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 2735 mg113.96%

Total Carbohydrates 38 g12.7%

Dietary Fiber 4 g16%

Sugars 31 g

Protein 18 g36%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet