Spice Rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hours 40 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hours 25 minutes

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

Spice rubbed ribs with molasses slather can be finished on the barbecue or in the oven.

When I read through this recipe I can’t help but think of a day at the spa. (A nice hot soak, an all-over scrub then a soothing massage…)

These ribs are a cinch to make, even for a first-timer like me. 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.

This recipe is a variation of the recipe for  finger-licking oven BBQ chicken that I posted a while back. Both are an adaptation of a recipe from Food & Drink magazine and as you can see, the possibilities with the spice rub and the slather are  endless. Who knows what I’ll try it on next…

Spice Rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather

  • 2 racks of back ribs (4-5 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.

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11 thoughts on “Spice Rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather

  1. Marie says:

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

    1. Bridget says:

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

  2. Charmaine Wilkins says:

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

    1. Bridget Oland says:

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

    2. Alan Bruder says:

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

  3. Jen says:

    Made these last night….DELICIOUS!! :D

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      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…

  4. Sonja says:

    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. :)

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      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.

  5. Fredra Crumb says:

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

    1. Hi Fredra, The chicken version is delicious. Here’s the recipe: http://dev-crosbys.pantheonsite.io/oven-barbecued-chicken/

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