Smokin' Firehouse Pork Ribs

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  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark molasses
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons TABASCO® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 5 pounds lean country-style pork ribs
  • 1 cup water


Combine all ingredients except ribs and water in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boi, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.

Place ribs in a 12-quart roasting pan with the water. Cover and bake in a 400°F oven for 1 1/2 hours. Drain excess fat from pan. Reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Pour desired amount of sauce over ribs and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Pass additional sauce at the table.

Makes 6 servings.

Finalist in the third national TABASCO® Cook & Ladder® Competition. Submitted by Firefighter Greg Drazkowski, Menomonie Fire Department, Wisconsin.

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