Insanely Delicious Rhubarbecue Country-Style Ribs

Truly the perfect barbecue sauce. With a well stocked pantry, the only ingredients you will need to pick up are rhubarb and ribs. You can make the sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week, or seal with a canning process and save for later use – or gifts!


  • Country style ribs – 2 pounds
  • Rhubarb – 2 pounds chopped rhubarb stalks
  • Molasses – 1/4 cup
  • Maple Syrup – 1/2 cup
  • Ginger – 1 teaspoon, finely grated
  • Olive oil – 1.5 tablespoons
  • Onion – 1 cup, chopped (yellow or red)
  • Garlic – 2 teaspoons, minced
  • Sea salt – 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper – 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato puree – 1/2 cup, can or box of pure tomato puree (Brand I like: Pomi)
  • Yellow mustard seeds – 2 teaspoons
  • Ground cinnamon – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Smoked paprika – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ground clove – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Dark soy sauce – 1 teaspoon, substitute light soy sauce


  1. Prepare the grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Combine the rhubarb, molasses, maple syrup and grated ginger in a large pot. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 7 minutes until the rhubarb begins to break down into a string texture.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and stir until the onions and garlic begin to brown. Add the tomato sauce and stir. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the lid from the rhubarb and add in the tomato mixture, mustard seeds, cinnamon, smoked paprika, ground clove and dark soy sauce. Stir thoroughly and simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered, until the sauce reduces by half.
  5. Meanwhile, season the ribs with salt and pepper on both sides, and let them rest at room temperature.
  6. When the sauce is ready, cover the ribs with the sauce and let them marinate for at least 10 minutes, or longer in the refrigerator.
  7. Add the ribs to the grill, cooking on each side for about 6-10 minutes. Cut through the thickest part of the meat to see if it is done – it should be juicy but no longer pink in color.
  8. If there is sauce left from the marinade, cook it down in a pot to cook out the raw meat, and serve alongside the finished ribs.