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Smoked Pomegranate Baby Back Ribs

@TheModernProper


Smoked Pomegranate Baby Back Ribs

Prep Time

30

Minutes

Cook Time

4

Hours

Serves

4 - 6

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What's this?

Smoked pomegranate BBQ sauce on baby back ribs? Yeah, you read that right. The Modern Proper went into the lab to make some truly unique ribs. With a 24-hour brine and a smokin' sauce, you can't go wrong with this sticky sweet combo.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion

  • 1 Head Garlic, halved

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 Tablespoon Allspice Berries

  • 2 Tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 2 Stick cinnamon

  • 1/2 Cup salt

  • 2 Rack baby back ribs

  • 1/3 Cup Pomegranate Molasses

  • 1 Small onion

  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Juice

  • 1 Cup brown sugar

  • 1 Cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 Teaspoon Allspice, ground

  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • As Needed cilantro

Steps

  • 1

    For the Brine: In a large stock pot bring 1 gallon of water along with onion, garlic, bay leaves, allspice berries, peppercorn, cinnamon sticks and salt to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • 2

    Place ribs in pot making sure they are fully submerged in the brine, adding more water if necessary. Cover and allow ribs to soak in brine for 24 hours.
  • 3

    For the Pomegranate BBQ Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat allow to cool slightly. Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. BBQ sauce can be stored for up to 2 weeks in refrigerator.
  • 4

    For the Ribs: Remove ribs from brine and dry with a paper towel.
  • 5

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • 6

    Place ribs directly on grill bone side down. Allow to smoke for 3 hours.
  • 7

    Increase heat on grill to 375°F and preheat, lid closed. Using the pomegranate BBQ sauce, generously coat the ribs and allow to cook for another hour. Meat should be tender but not falling off the bones.
  • 8

    To serve, garnish with minced cilantro. Enjoy!