Time to Dish: Grillless Drunken Ribs & Green Pepper Tomato Salad

Drunken Ribs without a Grill!



2each     St. Louis Style Racks of Ribs

2 qt        Beef Stock

12 oz     Dark Beer

3cloves garlic, rough chopped

4 sprigs fresh thyme

½ tsp     liquid smoke

1 tsp      ground cumin

1/2 cup  brown sugar

1 tsp      crushed red pepper

1 T         Worcestershire Sauce

2T          Chili Powder

2 tsp      kosher salt

1 T         fresh ground black pepper

2 C        high quality BBQ Sauce



1.     Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees.

2.     Combine all ingredients except ribs in a stock pot and bring to a boil.  Remove from heat

3.     Meanwhile, lay ribs flat in a large heavy baking pan.  Cut racks in half or thirds if necessary. 

4.     Pour beer mixture over the ribs.  Cover pan tightly with foil and place in the oven.  Slow braise for 1 ½ hours or until tender.  This can be done up to 2 days in advance.  Remove from the oven and refrigerate up to 2 days until ready to serve.

5.     To Finish: Remove ribs from braising liquid and pat dry.  Heat broiler to high and set the rack 6 inches from the heat.  Coat ribs in a high quality BBQ sauce and heat approximately 5 minutes per side, basting frequently with sauce. 


Green Pepper and Tomato Salad



2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1 1/2-inch dice
3 vine-ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced (1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 a palm full

1 teaspoon granulated sugar


1.     Combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl.

2.     Combine remaining ingredients and stir to dissolve sugar.

3.     Fold dressing into salad mixture and serve.