Smoked Beer Braised Ribs

As Labor Day approaches, visions of our last great bar-b-que of summer dance in our heads.  This time we're dreaming of one of our favorite beers of the season: the smoky goodness of Smoked Beer.  This year, we're not just going to drink this elixir with our "Q" – we're going to braise delectable baby back pork ribs in Shiner Smokehaus to infuse the sweet ribs with smoky goodness. 

Smoke exists in a couple of different styles of beer that are both ales and lagers.  Usually the smoke comes from smoked malts used in fermentation.  Shiner Smokehaus is a Munich Helles Lager made by the reknowned Texas beer stahlwart Spoetzl Brewing Company, most famous for Shiner Bock.  Just like their 101 Pilsner, this beer from Shiner really surprised us with its delicacy of smoke and the nuance of toasty woody crispness that comes from the Texas mesquite wood-smoked pale malts. 4.9 ABV.

Bill Perozzi’s Delicious Smokin' Ribs

(Note, this recipe is very vague in terms of amounts of spices.  That's just how Bill is!  Read "some" as "a general application" of!)

1 slab of baby back ribs or pork spare ribs

Sprinkle with some onion powder, garlic powder, celery seed and black pepper and rub mixture into the ribs.

Place ribs in shallow pan and half-cover with Shiner Smokehaus.  Cover pan securely with aluminum foil.  Cook at 350 degrees until fork tender but not falling apart, about 1½ to 2 hours.

Place cooked ribs on BBQ grill at high temperature until well seared on both sides (about 5 minutes per side).  Move ribs to side of grill without flame.  Cover with your favorite BBQ sauce (Bill uses a 1 to 1 mixture of KC Masterpiece and Bull’s Eye.)  Let sauce soak in for about 15 minutes.

Serve and enjoy.  Eat with a Smoked Lager or a Rauchbier! 

Can't find Shiner Smokehaus in your neighborhood?  Try using the following:

Alaskan Smoked Porter:  Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska. Smells like bacon, super smoky, sweet malt, best when aged awhile.
6.5% ABV.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen:  Brauerei Heller-Trum, Bamberg, Germany – Smells like smoked ham, a bit of sweetness with a touch of tangy hops, and huge smoke all around.
5.4% ABV.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock:
Brauerei Heller-Trum, Bamberg, Germany – Smells like a fireplace, huge smoke, touch of caramel, dry on the end.
6.6% ABV.