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Barbecued Beef Ribs, Chipotle Texas-Style

Barbecued Beef Ribs, Chipotle Texas-Style
Tuesday, 19 May 2009


This recipe is part of a five-part series devoted to chipotles--those many varieties of smoked chiles. You can go here to start reading--and cooking with--chipotles of all kinds.


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For the Ribs:

3 pounds beef ribs
1 Bottle Chipotle Texas Sabroso Southern Rib Rub, buy here
Soak pecan wood chips in water

For the Sauce:

6 Chipotle Texas Smoked Jalapeño pods, stems and seeds removed, rehydrated and chopped, buy here
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups beef broth
1/4 cup cider vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon ground habanero chile
Freshly ground black pepper



Rub the ribs with the Southern Rib Rub, wrap them in plastic wrap, and let them sit for at least one hour. Build a charcoal fire in the grill or a pecan wood fire in the smoker.

To make the sauce, saute the jalapeños, onions, and garlic in the oil in a skillet until soft. Place the mixture in a blender and puree until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients, except the ribs, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

Place soaked wood chips on the charcoal, and place the rips on the grill away from the coals.  Cook the ribs indirectly, covered, for about 45 minutes turning several time.  Baste the ribs with the sauce and continue to cook indirectly for additional 30 minutes, being careful that they do not burn.

Additional Tips

Texas is beef country and was once the land of cattle drives through such cities as Amarillo and Abilene. Texans love to barbecue beef, which can take hours or even days, but the results are worth it. The following recipe doesn't take twenty-four hours, but the ribs should be cooked slowly over charcoal, or in a smoker, taking care that the sauce doesn't burn during the last 30 minutes.  Serve with corn on the cob and coleslaw.


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