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Maple-bourbon pork ribs

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  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Sesame free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in protein

Slow cook these maple bourbon glazed ribs in the barbie until smoky and sticky, then complete the dish with a charred corn salad.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time2 hour 25 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + cooling time
Maple-bourbon pork ribs

Ingredients

  • 1.2kg Coles Australian BBQ Pork Ribs
  • 1 tbs Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 corn cobs, husks and silk removed
  • 2 baby cos lettuce, leaves coarsely torn
  • 200g mixed tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch radish, quartered
  • 1 avocado, stoned, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) ranch dressing

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 3366kJ/805 Cals (39%), Protein: 35g (70%), Fat: 55g (79%), Sat Fat: 15g (63%), Carb: 35g (11%), Sugar: 27g (30%), Fibre: 10g (33%), Sodium: 602mg (30%).

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Method

  1. Step 1

    Heat a covered barbecue on medium. (Alternatively, preheat oven to 160°C.) Place ribs in a lined disposable baking tray and sprinkle with seasoning. Cover tightly with foil and cook in covered barbecue using indirect heat (or in oven) for 2 hours or until pork is very tender. 

  2. Step 2

    Remove foil. Increase barbecue to high (or oven to 220°C). Combine the maple syrup, sugar, whiskey or apple juice and mustard in a small bowl. Brush evenly over the ribs. Cook, basting occasionally with pan juices, for 20-25 mins or until caramelised. 

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, spray the corn with olive oil spray. Cook on a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium, turning, for 10 mins or until the corn is tender. Cool slightly.

  4. Step 4

    Use a small serrated knife to cut down the sides of the corn to release the kernels. Place the lettuce, tomato, radish, avocado, corn and coriander in a serving bowl and toss to combine. Season. Place the ranch dressing in a small jug or bowl. 

  5. Step 5

    Transfer the ribs and salad to a serving platter. Season with pepper and serve with ranch dressing. 

Recipe tip

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Use it up:
You’re going to have bourbon left over from this maple glazed pork ribs recipe. Consider making a dessert for your BBQ – this banana cream pie with maple caramel is a show stopper!

Clever storage: To make coriander last longer, place the stems in a glass of water and cover the leaves with a bag. Store in the fridge.

Smart swap: Instead of bourbon whiskey, you can use apple juice!

How to make bourbon BBQ pork ribs

BBQ pork ribs with a sticky sweet glaze are mouth-wateringly good, one of the best things to ever come off a BBQ. And when it comes to making meat look amazing and taste even better, a pork rib marinade is your secret weapon. This BBQ pork ribs recipe is stunning at any time of year, but it really comes into its own in summer, when you can eat outside and let the sticky, messy juices run wild.

Which ribs to use for glazed pork ribs

For this pork ribs glaze recipe, you need pork ribs on the bone. They tend to be fattier and can be cooked low and slow on the BBQ until the meat is super tender. (Coles also sells pork spare ribs but these are generally cut away from the bone. They can be cooked on the barbie, pan-fried or under a grill.)

The best pork ribs glaze

If we’re being honest, there’s no such thing as ‘the best’ pork rib glaze – they’re all fantastic, and when it comes to a pork ribs marinade you’re only limited by your imagination – think port-and-cranberry glaze, hoisin-and-five-spice glaze, orange-marmalade glaze ... the list goes on. But for something extra special on your search for the best pork rib marinade, you can’t go past a maple bourbon glaze. The vanilla, caramel flavours of the bourbon pair perfectly with the toffee notes of the maple, and then all that sweetness is offset by Cajun seasoning and Dijon mustard, making it an unbeatable pork spare ribs marinade.

How to make marinated pork ribs

Here’s a handy tip: use a disposable foil baking tray for this recipe to avoid the hassle of cleaning that sticky bourbon marinade for pork ribs off your BBQ or baking pan. And the trick to not burning the pork rib glaze? Cook the ribs for 2 hours first (see how to cook the ribs below), and only add the glaze when you turn up the heat in the final 25 minutes of cooking. Remember to brush on the glaze a few times in that period – that’s how you add layers of sticky flavour – using a maple syrup marinade for pork ribs!

How to cook pork ribs on a BBQ

For how long to cook pork ribs on a BBQ, start off low and slow, cooking the ribs over indirect heat in your BBQ. This means lighting the burner on one side of the BBQ but placing the maple glazed pork spare ribs on the opposite side, over the burners that are off. Close the lid and you have a very gentle style of cooking. Over time, the ribs will transform until the meat is falling off the bone. Cook like this for 2 hours, then turn up the heat and add the glaze. Once the bourbon pork ribs are sticky and caramelised, you’re ready to serve. Now you know how to cook marinated pork ribs! Tell your guests, finger food only!

Love our pork ribs on the grill recipe?

This ribs with maple bourbon glaze recipe calls for classic BBQ sides. Think crispy potato salad with blue cheese and this cobb salad. For more ideas and inspiration, check out our collection of easy BBQ recipes

 

Maple-bourbon pork ribs

Maple-bourbon pork ribs
  • Serves4
  • Cook time2 hour 25 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + cooling time
Ingredients
  • 1.2kg Coles Australian BBQ Pork Ribs
  • 1 tbs Cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs bourbon whiskey
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 corn cobs, husks and silk removed
  • 2 baby cos lettuce, leaves coarsely torn
  • 200g mixed tomatoes, halved
  • 1 bunch radish, quartered
  • 1 avocado, stoned, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) ranch dressing
    Description

    Slow cook these maple bourbon glazed ribs in the barbie until smoky and sticky, then complete the dish with a charred corn salad.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Heat a covered barbecue on medium. (Alternatively, preheat oven to 160°C.) Place ribs in a lined disposable baking tray and sprinkle with seasoning. Cover tightly with foil and cook in covered barbecue using indirect heat (or in oven) for 2 hours or until pork is very tender. 

    2. Step 2

      Remove foil. Increase barbecue to high (or oven to 220°C). Combine the maple syrup, sugar, whiskey or apple juice and mustard in a small bowl. Brush evenly over the ribs. Cook, basting occasionally with pan juices, for 20-25 mins or until caramelised. 

    3. Step 3

      Meanwhile, spray the corn with olive oil spray. Cook on a barbecue grill or chargrill on medium, turning, for 10 mins or until the corn is tender. Cool slightly.

    4. Step 4

      Use a small serrated knife to cut down the sides of the corn to release the kernels. Place the lettuce, tomato, radish, avocado, corn and coriander in a serving bowl and toss to combine. Season. Place the ranch dressing in a small jug or bowl. 

    5. Step 5

      Transfer the ribs and salad to a serving platter. Season with pepper and serve with ranch dressing.