Ribs and Beans-Cowboy Style

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Ribs are delicious on the grill.My recent discovery of rubs has made them even better! As the "Country Thunder Music Festival" in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin quickly approaches it is all about country music, cowboys and Texas style barbecue.

This recipe calls for 4 Lbs. of Beef Chuck Short Ribs. Country Style Pork Ribs can also be used. Trim fat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

When choosing beef ribs remember a large amount of fat marbling indicates a high quality beef that is tender and flavorful.

The Rub:

  • 1 Tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle rub over both sides of the ribs and rub in with your fingers. Place ribs in a shallow roasting pan and cover with foil. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.

A dry rub is basically a dry marinade. Sprinkle generously on the meat and chill before cooking.
A dry rub is basically a dry marinade. Sprinkle generously on the meat and chill before cooking.
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Bake ribs for 1 1/2- 2 hours or until tender.

The Sauce:

  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 1-2 tsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbs. Olive or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Strong Coffee, heated
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. Brown Sugar
  • 1 canned Chipotle Pepper in Adobo Sauce, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt (optional)

In a medium saucepan heat oil. Cook onion and minced garlic until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally while cooking.

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Preheat grill. Place ribs on grill rack and close cover. Cook for 15 minutes, turning once, or until ribs are browned. Serve with the sauce and Cowboy Beans.


Cowboy Beans

  • 2 slices of Bacon
  • 1 medium Red Sweet Pepper, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 tesp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 cup Beer
  • 2 medium Roma Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 16 oz. can Pinto Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 tsp. Minced Garlic or 2 cloves, minced
  • Fresh Cilantro Leaves

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Cook bacon until crisp. Drain and crumble. Reserve 1 Tbs. drippings in pan. Add sweet pepper, jalapeno pepper, onion and garlic to skillet and cook until tender. Add pinto beans, tomatoes, beer, chili powder, cumin and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until desired consistency. About 5 minutes. Stir in crumbled bacon. Spoon onto a serving dish and garnish with Fresh Cilantro.

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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

Nice recipe - I like thr rub ;0)

Keep up the good hubs


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Manthy. Rubs make such a difference. I can't believe I just found out about them?!


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Looks and sounds delicious!


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin Author

Thanks, WillStarr:) Cowboy style food looks like it could be right up your alley!


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Cookin' Cowgirl 5 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Looks great!


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Cookin'Cowgirl. I'll have to check your hubs and see what kind of cookin' you do:)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Yummy....I'm going to try this one for sure! By the way does a cowboy also assist with cooking it? haha! Great hub! :)


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin Author

Rubs make such a delicious difference! I recently discovered one for chicken that I will be hubbing about. If only a cowboy would be there to help:) The perfect side dish! Thanks, Sunshine!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Oh yes the side dish :) Have a great day pedrn!!


5 years ago

Voted up. We went to a ribfest a while back. The ribfests seem to be springing up all over the place. Though maybe it's tastiest when it can be done on the backyard barbecue, right? We usually do burgers on our barbecue, but we have also tried ribs and they seemed to work out fairly okay.


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pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin Author

Ribs are delicious on the grill. Of course I did catch an entire rack of ribs on fire once and that did render them inedible. lol. Ribfests are very popular. It's great to get new ideas from all the recipes you get to taste!

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