Beef Ribs with Lava Mustard Barbecue Sauce

18 January, 2022

            Beef Ribs with Lava Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes, plus 1 day to season the meat

Cook: 2 1/2 hrs

Ready In: 26 1/2 hours


Ingredients (Serves 8):

  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 4 pounds Nolan Ryan Beef ribs
  • 2 cups Lava Mustard Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)½ is ½ & frac13; is ⅓ & frac23; is ⅔ ¼ is ¼


Lava Mustard Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce of your choice
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper



  1. Mix all of the seasonings in a small bowl.  Rub the mixture over both sides of the beef ribs.  Put the ribs in a large roasting pan, cover with foil and let them sit in the fridge overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  3. Add enough water to the roasting pan to cover the ribs and cover again with foil.
  4. Cook the ribs for 1 ½ hours.  Pull the ribs out of the oven and ladle with the juices to keep them moist.  Put the ribs back in the oven, cover and cook for 1 more hour.
  5. Preheat the grill to medium and lightly oil the grill grates.
  6. Remove the ribs from the oven and baste with some of the barbecue sauce.
  7. Finish the ribs on the grill (in batches, if necessary) for 5 minutes on each side- this will ensure that they have a nice crust and smoke-infused flavor.  (if you prefer, you can finish them in a 400°F oven.) Serve with the remaining barbecue sauce.

Lava Mustard Barbecue Sauce:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Makes 3 cups


  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes, but don’t allow the onion to turn brown.  Add the bourbon and cook off the alcohol, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the barbecue sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, honey, mustard and cayenne.  Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring at regular intervals.