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Smoked Rib Tips with Sweet Baby Molasses Sauce

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Equipment: smoker or offset grill; hickory wood chunks or pellets


BBQ Spice Rub: (Yield 3 cups)

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons salt
  • 4 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder

Sweet Baby Molasses Sauce:

  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup lager beer
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun spice Slap Ya Mama
  • 1 tablespoon butter cuts down foaming

Rib Tips:

  • 3.5 pounds pork rib tips
  • 1.5 cups bbq rub see recipe above


  • Stir together rub in a bowl and rub on rib tips, either individual pieces or the sections.
  • Let rib tips come to room temperature.
  • Prepare smoker with hickory wood chunks or pellets.
  • Add rib tips to the smoker and smoke at a consistent range of 180F-220F for about 6-7 hours or until ribs probe to 190F on the inside.
  • Remove rib tips from smoker; rest about 15 minutes and serve with sauce if desired.
  • While ribs tips are smoking, prep the sauce.
  • Combine all ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan and simmer until sauce reduces to about 2-3/4 cups, about 30-45 minutes depending on heat level.
  • Whisk frequently while cooking.


From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword BBQ Rib Tips, BBQ rub, Molasses bbq sauce
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