Recipe for Rattlesnake Ribs


4 quart homemade beef stock - or canned bro; th
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
3 tablespoon tabasco sauce
1 1/4 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
4 each slabs baby back ribs (about 1-1/4 p; ounds each)
1/4 cup garlic salt
1 tablespoon ground white pepper
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup dry mustard
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup beer
1 cup chili sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup steak sauce
1 tablespoon ground tamarind seeds - or worceste; rshire sauce
1 tablespoon finely pressed garlic
1/4 cup finely grated fresh horseradish - o; r 2 tablespoons
1 prepared, well drained
3 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon jalapeno salsa (see note)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Note: Most supermarkets carry salsas in varying degrees of hotness. For this dish, we recommend using one that packs a substantial wallop.

BARBECUE SAUCE: Combine all the ingredients in a medium-size bowl, and whisk until the sauce is well blended. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Makes 3 cups.

RIBS: 1. Combine all the braising liquid ingredients in a large pot. Stir well, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. 2. Add the ribs, and simmer until tender but not falling apart, about 1 hour and 45 minutes. When done, carefully transfer the ribs to a baking sheet. 3. Combine all the spice mixture ingredients in a medium-size bowl, and stir to form a paste. (Add more beer if it is too dry.) 4. Rub the paste over all surfaces of the ribs. Wrap each slab in aluminum foil, dull side out, and refrigerate until ready to cook. (These can be prepared up to 4 days in advance.) 5. Preheat the oven to 400F, and prepare hot coals for grilling. Place the rack 3 to 4 inches from the heat. 6. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange the ribs on the foil. Coat the ribs with 2 cups of the barbecue sauce, and bake on the center rack of the oven for 10 minutes. 7. Transfer the ribs to the grill, and cook long enough to char. Serve immediately, with the remaining 1 cup barbecue sauce on the side.

4 portions.

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