spice rubbed ribs with molasses slather

Spice-Rubbed Black Molasses Ribs

These spice-rubbed black molasses ribs are a great recipe for beginners. They’re moist (braised in beer) and flavourful (great spice rub and molasses slather). 

These ribs are a cinch to make, even for a first-timer. And they’re fun to eat. (Messy. But fun.)

After the braising step, they could be cooked on the BBQ if you want to move things outside.


Spice-Rubbed Black Molasses Ribs

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  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Category: Savoury dishes


  • 2 racks of back ribs (45 pounds)
  • 1 cup of beer (or 1 cup broth or stock)

Spice Rub:

  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt


  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro


Braise: Remove membrane covering the bony side of the ribs. In a large roasting pan lay ribs in a single layer meaty side down. Pour over the beer, cover well and braise at 325 F for an hour.

Rub*: Remove ribs from pan and rub with the spice mixture. Cut into single ribs. Line a large roasting pan with foil or parchment paper. Place the ribs in a single layer, meaty side up. Bake uncovered at 300 F for 15 minutes (Can flip half way through). Drain fat from pan.

Slather*: Combine slather ingredients and coat meaty side with a third of the sauce. Bake ribs uncovered another five minutes. Baste again and bake another five minutes.

Serve sprinkled with cilantro.

*You can combine the final two steps into one (rub & slather) and finish the ribs on the barbecue over medium heat.


  • May 8, 2015

    Fredra Crumb

    Would love the recipe for chicken using the same spice rub and slather as the rib recipe.

  • October 26, 2013


    I had two friends over for dinner the first time I made these ribs and told them they were guinea pigs. Wow! These were awesome. I think we all felt like pigs by the time we were finished. :)

    • October 28, 2013

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Sonja, I’m so pleased that you and your friends enjoyed them! Any leftover slather is good on everything from veggie burgers to chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries.

  • July 17, 2013


    Made these last night….DELICIOUS!! :D

    • July 17, 2013

      Crosby Molasses

      Hey, that’s great. I love it when I hear what people think of our recipes so thanks for taking the time. By the way, there’s a chicken recipe on the blog that uses the same spice rub and slather. It might be calling your name…

  • June 11, 2013

    Charmaine Wilkins

    I was wondering if something other than beer could be used in the Finger licking oven ribs would water work? thankyou

    • June 12, 2013

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Charmaine, Yes, water could be used, or apple juice. (The original recipe called for water.)

    • March 11, 2018

      Alan Bruder

      I used Maple Syrup. Don’t mean to brag but WOW!!!!

  • February 15, 2013


    I’m drooling looking at the picture haha Will definitely be making this soon

    • February 21, 2013


      > They’ll make you think of summer, which is a good thing in February! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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