Culinary truth: Sticky Beer Ribs are always a winner! And with this simple recipe that will take you less than an hour, you have no excuse to not make everyone in your world happy with some tender, flavoursome ribs.
Grill the sticky mutton beer ribs in a preheated oven or on a barbecue grill for a subtle smoky taste. The secret to these fall-off-the-bone tender ribs lies in the slightly sweet but tangy, yet spicy marinade.
As a bonus, you can also use this marinade to spice up any meat. It is fantastic on pork and super tasty on chicken. It also pairs wonderfully with beef and lamb.
Cheers to the magic of beer ribs
Using beer in your marinade boosts the rich flavour of meatiness and adds an earthy flavour to the ribs. The beer, coupled with the apple cider vinegar, also works as a tenderiser when used in the marinade.
The alcohol will seep into the ribs and lock in the spices and herbs for a truly flavoursome feast.
What works best: Dark or light beer?
The hops in beer adds a delicious sweetness to the ribs. If you want a robust, beefier and richer recipe, go for a stout/lager/dark beer. For a more subtle beer taste and when switching the mutton rib recipe up with pork, use amber or pale ale.
That said, in the end it all boils down to what you’re in the mood for — or what is on hand!
Serve with a hearty potato salad and crispy coleslaw. You can also go a healthier route and serve with a lightly dressed salad or roasted vegetables. The ribs are the star of the show here, so just be sure to pair it with a side that goes well with barbecue sauce.
- 2 kg mutton ribs (cracked and halved)
- 1 tbsp butter
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 grated garlic clove
- 1 tbsp tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup yellow mustard
- 1 cup beer
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- In a saucepan, heat the butter
- Add all the marinade ingredients, except the beer and parsley
- Reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes
- Add the beer and reduce the heat further
- Add the parsley and allow to cool
- Season the ribs with salt, pepper and BBQ spice
- In a preheated oven, or open grill, cook the ribs for 30 minutes
- Baste the ribs generously every 5 minutes with the marinade
- Serve the ribs with the leftover marinade as a dip