Smoked St. Louis Style Ribs with Tequila BBQ

Cook Time

240 mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

720 mins




1/2 cup Brown Sugar

2 Garlic, Cloves

3 tbsp Honey

1 cup Ketchup

1/2 squeezed Lime

3 tbsp Molasses

1 jar Mustard

2 slabs slabs St. Louis-style rib racks

1 bottle Sweet Heat Rub

1/4 cup tequila blanco

Cooking Instructions

Is there anything better in the summer than sticky ribs? These delicious, smoked St. Louis-style ribs have a feisty kick from homemade barbecue sauce with a flash of tequila to keep things interesting. Serve these bossin’ ribs with plenty of napkins or just be prepared to lick your fingers over and over.

Ingredients for the Tequila BBQ Sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup tequila blanco
  • 1/2 of a lime, squeezed
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Heat Rub
  1. First, make the barbecue sauce. In a mixing bowl, add the ketchup, brown sugar, garlic cloves, molasses, honey, tequila, lime, and 1 tbsp Sweet Heat Rub. Mix together well until glaze is blended together. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the ribs. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels, then pull the thin membrane off the back of the ribs and discard. Using a basting brush, coat the meat on both sides with a thin layer of mustard and season heavily with Sweet Heat Rub until the ribs are completely coated. Repeat with the second rack of ribs. Place the ribs on a baking sheet and refrigerate overnight, or for 12 hours if you choose to.
  3. Once the ribs have finished marinating, remove them from the refrigerator and set out two sheets of large, heavy duty aluminum foil. Place one rack of ribs on each sheet of foil, meat-side down, and fold the edges over to form a sealed pouch.
  4. Fire up your Pit Boss Grill and set the temperature to 225°F. If you’re using a gas or charcoal grill, set it up for low, indirect heat. Place the rib packets on the grill, meat-side up, and smoke for 2-3 hours, or until the ribs are nearly tender.
  5. Remove the ribs from the grill and take the aluminum foil off the ribs and place them back onto the grill for another hour. Brush generously with the tequila barbecue sauce on both sides, then grill for 5 minutes, meat- side up. Baste the ribs one more time with the barbecue sauce, then flip them meat-side down and grill for a final 5 minutes. The ribs should be sticky and caramelized. Remove the ribs from the grill and serve immediately with the remaining barbecue sauce.

Special Tools

  • Baking Sheet
  • Basting Brush
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Paper towel
  • Saucepan
  • Sharp Knife

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