Beer Boiled Baby Back Ribs

This is my dad’s recipe. It may be a million other people’s recipe too, but this is what he made me for many, many years on my birthday, served with corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes and watermelon. I’m trying to eat the veggies we have in the garden, so these were served with lemon-garlic green beans and cherry tomatoes so sweet and delicious, I just popped them on the plate. This can be finished in the oven or on the grill. I’ve detailed the oven method below. And for those who think that oven ribs are sacralidge, gives these a shot.

The only significant difference between my dad’s recipe and this one is the beer. He was a die hard Coors Light drinker so that is what he always used. I used Pabst Blue Ribbon. It doesn’t really matter what you use, I would just stick to a light ale/pilsner type beer, not a wheat or stout. Also, my dad’s recipes always called for 1 and a quarter beers for the sole purpose of drinking the remainder. He was a culinary genius!

Beer Boiled Baby Back Ribs

Serves 2-4 depending on hunger level and side dishes

1 rack baby back ribs, pork (about 1.5 – 1.75 pounds)

1 bottle prepared bbq sauce (or make your own), you’ll need about a cup or so

1 beer, PBR preferred

  1. Cut rack in half, unless you have a giant pot
  2. In a large soup pot, place ribs on the bottom, side-by-side, overlapping as little as possible
  3. Pour beer over ribs and turn on to medium heat. Fill bottle with water and add that to the pan too.
  4. Bring this to a simmer and cook covered for 25 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. (Flip ribs once about halfway through)
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a large sheet pan with foil.
  6. Remove the ribs from the simmering liquid with tongs, allowing the excess liquid to drain back into the soup pan.
  7. Place the ribs onto the foil lined pan.
  8. Pour some bbq sauce in a bowl and using a spoon, butter knife, or brush, spread the sauce over the ribs, making sure to cover the bones. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove pan from oven, flip ribs and coat the other side with bbq sauce. Bake for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove pan from oven, flip ribs and coat with bbq sauce. Bake for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove pan from oven, do not flip ribs and coat with bbq sauce. Bake for the last five minutes. (The last double coat is the secret to the yumminess)
  12. Let cool a bit and then serve.
  13. When you cut the ribs in to smaller serving pieces, for the love f god use tongs to hold the meat, not your fingers. The hot sugary sauce will burn your skin and stick to it making it even burnier! Not that I would know that first hand (heh) or anything.

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12 Responses to “Beer Boiled Baby Back Ribs”

  1. Audrey says:

    Mmmm. That looks delicious. I will be thawing some ribs out for dinner now. Also – do you have trouble with the beer foaming when boiling? I make a steamed shrimp (or boiled) with beer and I generally let the beer go flat first so it doesn’t foam up.


    Amy Reply:

    It doesn’t go over, but I only use 1 ((ish) beer so it doesn’t go very high up on the edges of the pot. Going flat first is a great idea!


    Audrey Reply:

    They were delicious. I had a hard time stopping from eating all of the extras I made so Chris would have some for lunch the next day. NOMNOMNOM


    Amy Reply:

    Oh, I am so happy they turned out well for you! Yum!!

  2. Leah says:

    I think your dad might be a genius.


  3. I don’t eat meat, but wow those sure look good! :)


  4. April says:

    I’m visiting from SITS! I love BBQ ribs and your recipe sounds DE-LISH!


  5. I love cooking with beer and these ribs look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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  8. Stephanie says:

    I just have to share that I am a newlywed gal who has never seriously cooked in her life, and since I got married I’ve been trying out dinner recipes and realizing how much I actually enjoy it! I followed this rib recipe for myself, my husband and his friend, and I added a few other dishes for a football-themed meal since they were drafting their fantasy football teams that night. This recipe was A TOTAL HIT!!! They ate it ALL and LOVED it!!! So, I highly, highly recommend this recipe! It’s easy to follow and it results in delicious ribs!!


  9. lesley says:

    OH! And here I was thinking, I was the girl that had the most amazing Dad in the world and made the BEST BBQ spareribs! I knew he boiled in beer first, but I never knew how to put it al together! This. Is almost exactly (Maybe EXactly!) My Dads recipe , or “Way to do it!”…. he never used a recipe and was an amazing cook! To ALL you Hola out there with these type of Daddy’s! Hers to all of us, AND THEM! Cheers Dad! We love you! We will never ever forget your ribs on our BDaya! Never. This is a recipe I’ll
    Pass on to my daughter! I hope she remembers with as much love as I do! I can’t wait to make these this afternoon! Girls, WE were totally Blessed weren’t we!?! I’ll post the results after dinner tonite! I KNOW they will be awesome! Here’s to Dads and their little girls! ♥️??


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