Juniper & Cabernet-Marinated Ribs

  • BBQ Type: Grill
  • Fuel: Charcoal
  • Cooking Time: 3 h to 4 h
  • Makes 2 to 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 2 - 2 lbs baby back ribs
  • Oak wood chips, soaked in water for 1 hour

Marinade

  • 1 tbsp - Juniper berries, crushed
  • 2 tbsp - Brown sugar
  • 2 tsp - Ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp - Salt
  • 2 thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon red wine

Cabernet BBQ sauce

  • 1 ½ cup - Juniper & Cabernet marinade
  • ¾ cup - Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp - Honey
  • 3 tbsp - Salted butter
  • ¼ cup - Minced onions
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat your grill for indirect cooking;
  2. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a bowl, then pour the marinade over the ribs and let them marinate for 3 to 4 hours;
  3. Once the ribs have marinated, separate the juniper berries, thyme leaves and bay leaf from the marinade using a sieve and toss them onto hot coals with oak wood chips for smoking;
  4. Mix all of the Cabernet BBQ sauce ingredients together and bring to a boil for 20 minutes;
  5. Cook the ribs for 3 to 4 hours at 350°F. The ribs are done when they have shrunk about 1 to 1 ½ inches from the bones;
  6. Baste the ribs with the Cabernet BBQ sauce.

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