While I've made boneless beef ribs in the crock pot several times before...I've never actually oven roasted or grilled bone-in beef ribs. I wanted to coat them with a dry rub while they roasted and then brush them with barbecue sauce near the end. The problem with commercial barbecue sauces is that they are almost always full of high fructose corn syrup which I avoid at all costs. I've seen the simple paleo version of tomato paste and balsamic vinegar barbecue sauce floating around on the web...but I've tried it and well...it just doesn't float my boat if you know what I mean! So, I embellished the patootie out of my little can of tomato paste which started as the base of my sauce. I have to tell you...I wasn't sure what to expect with my maiden voyage cooking bone-in ribs, much less a decent barbecue sauce to baste them with...but I have to tell you...they were out of this world! They were fall off the bone tender and the combination of the spice rub and the sauce together was outstanding.
My personal preference for barbecue sauce has always been a sweeter type sauce...usually sweet and spicy. One of my old favorite flavors of barbecue sauce was Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet & Spicy sauce. I actually have a bottle of it in my fridge that my sons use occasionally to dunk their chicken in. One of the ingredients in that sauce is pineapple juice concentrate. So...I decided to play around and use that flavor in my sauce as well. I made my own "sugar free pineapple juice concentrate" using my OliveNation Pure Pineapple Extract (there's another decent extract made by Bakto but you have to buy it in a set along with other flavors). Pineapple is one of those fruits that is very high in sugar which means that pineapple juice concentrate would be sky high in sugar. So, I decided to make my own sugar free pineapple juice concentrate by using water, pineapple extract and Swerve to sweeten it with. It was so good and so "pineappley"...LOL. For those of you that don't like your sauce as sweet, you can reduce the sweetener a bit...but by the time I blended all my seasonings, spices and flavors together...it was perfect for me. These ribs slow roasted for several hours, so obviously they are not your typical weeknight meal...but when you have time, they are definitely worth the time to make. I posted several photos below as well as the recipe for the ribs and the barbecue sauce. Enjoy!
Slow Roasted Beef Back Ribs w/ Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
4 pounds beef back ribs (cut into individual ribs)
Chipotle Rib Rub, or preferred dry rub
1/4 cup Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
1 cup of water
For the Chipotle Rib Rub:
1 heaping tablespoon Swerve sweetener (or preferred granular sweetener)
1 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For the Sweet & Spicy Chipotle Barbecue Sauce:
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons Swerve sweetener
1 teaspoon pure pineapple extract
2 dashes ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (I used Lea & Perrins original)
1 teaspoon Tamari sauce (I used San-J organic gluten free)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle powder, to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon to make it spicy)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large casserole dish or shallow baking pan, arrange ribs in a single layer.
Mix dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl. Season both sides of ribs and gently rub in.
Pour 1 cup of water, up to about 1/4-inch deep around ribs. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place in oven. Roast covered for 3 hours, until tender.
While ribs are roasting, combine barbecue sauce ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Set aside.
Uncover ribs after roasting for 3 hours. Brush with thin layer of barbecue sauce. Reduce heat to 300 degrees. Place ribs uncovered in oven and roast for an additional 30 minutes. Brush with additional sauce, if desired. Refrigerate remaining unused barbecue sauce up to 2 weeks.
*Note: Do not dip brush directly in pan of barbecue sauce. To avoid cross contamination of sauce, remove a portion of sauce to a separate small bowl. Store remaining sauce in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
After much trial and error with other recipes, it looks like I have finally found my "dream" BBQ sauce. :-) We had it today on pork ribs made in the pressure cooker and then taken outside and finished on the grill with the rub and sauce. I didn't have the pineapple extract, but the sauce was outstanding even without it! We made half of the ribs with your sauce and half with Hubby's favorite bottled sauce ... you know, the kind with the HFCS (isn't that *all* of them?) Your wonderful sauce passed the Hubby Test and it looks like I just might have a chance of weaning him off the junk stuff!
Hey, wait a minute ... come to think of it, this is Very Very Close to my beloved homemade short rib sauce ... the one that's way better than bottled, but still has a couple of problematic ingredients. Wow ... I really *have* found my "dream" sauce!
FYI, in case you haven't seen it, Swerve is having one of their buy-2-get-1-free sales. I didn't see an expiration date, but they're calling it a 4th of July sale so it might not be around too much longer.
So happy you like the BBQ sauce! Someone else asked me yesterday if they could make it without the pineapple extract and I told them yes...I just used it because a) I had it in the pantry and 2) I was trying to recreate the flavor in a bottled sauce that contained pineapple juice concentrate. I'm sure you can tweak it and change it up to "make it your own". It was one of those sauces that I kept tasting as I went along and adding a little tweak of this and that until it tasted "right" to me.
Thanks for the heads up on the Swerve sale. I haven't been reading my emails as closely the last several days but I'm sure its there since I'm on their mailing list.
P.S. -- Even my hubby liked the BBQ sauce and he still eats the "regular" stuff too -- but he enjoyed this one so there is hope for him too! ;-)
I don't know how I managed to miss this, but yesterday's Swerve email said in *big bold letters* that the sale ends "tommorrow." So that means TODAY!
Actually, I DO know how I missed it ... sleepy, distracted, inattention to detail ... need I say more!
Used the sauce today for an easy "stove-top" BBQ chicken dish I used to make. The original sauce has "problematic" ingredients. It turned out great with your sauce. I'll be using it to resurrect several old favorites
One of the Blogger security words to type in is "excellent." How very appropriate! :-)
So glad you were able to resurrect an old favorite with the sauce! LOL on the security word too. I am looking forward to making the sauce again to use for a variety of things. Glad you are enjoying it too! :-)
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