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Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze

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A delicious sorghum glaze coats these tender beef ribs, which are a great barbecue alternative for those who don't want to...
Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze
Hélène Dujardin

Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze

A delicious sorghum glaze coats these tender beef ribs, which are a great barbecue alternative for those who don't want to eat pork. They're perfect for the Fourth of July or pretty much anytime the mood strikes during the summer.

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Ready in
18 h, 25 m
Deliver Ingredients


Sorghum syrup is similar in taste and viscosity to blackstrap molasses.


  • 4 2 ½-pound racks center-cut beef rib-back ribs
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 Cup sorghum syrup
  • 1 Cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 Cups wood chips


Rinse and pat the ribs dry. Remove the thin membrane from the back of the ribs by slicing into it and pulling it off. Combine the sugar with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and red pepper. Massage the sugar mixture into the meat, covering all sides. Wrap the ribs tightly with plastic wrap, and place in zip-top plastic freezer bags; seal and chill 12 hours.

Whisk together the sorghum, vinegar, and coarse black pepper in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced by half, 6 minutes. Cool completely.

Soak the chips in water for 30 minutes. Light 1 side of charcoal grill or preheat gas grill to 250 to 300 degrees F (medium-low); leave the other side unlit. Spread the wood chips on a large sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil; fold the edges to seal. Poke several holes in top of the pouch with a fork. Place the pouch directly on the lit side of grill; cover with the grill lid.

Place the ribs over the unlit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 2 hours.

Turn the rib slabs over; grill until tender, 2 hours.

Cook the ribs 30 more minutes, basting frequently with sorghum mixture.

Remove the ribs from grill, and let stand 10 minutes. Cut the ribs, slicing between the bones.


Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.