My World Famous Patriot Rib Recipe

A gift to you for the Memorial Day Weekend!  My World Famous Patriot Ribs.  I promise these will be the best ribs you’ve ever made. I’ve received wonderful feedback on this recipe from all over the world!  I must credit my son, Sam, for helping perfect these (he’s a professional executive chef here in the Bay Area).

Here we go:

Place ribs (thawed, meat side up) in preferably a ceramic or glass baking pan.

Cover both sides of the baby back ribs with your BBQ rib rub of choice (I prefer Kirkland’s Sweet Mesquite BBQ Rub).  By the way, St. Louis pork ribs work just as well.  If you like to trim off the membrane that’s fine–but not necessary.  This recipe will make the final product tender-licious either way.

NOTE: I cannot  guarantee this recipe for beef ribs.

Pour a stout beer (Samuel Adam’s Cream Stout or Guinness Stout—it’s more readily available) into pan, 3/4 of an inch deep.  DO NOT try this with anything other than a fine dark beer, it will not work.

Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.

Preheat oven to 325.  Bake ribs (in the pan, with the beer, covered with the foil) for two hours.  Then turn off the heat.  Let the ribs remain in the closed oven for another hour.

Next, braise the ribs over a really hot BBQ grill.  This is “show time,” as my son says.  We’re doing two things here: putting grill marks on the meat and caramelizing the sauce.  I prefer Sweet Baby Rays, but whatever sauce you prefer is fine.  Place the ribs bone side down and slather the meat side with sauce.  Let it sit for a couple minutes, then flip the ribs onto the meat side.  Slather more sauce on the bone side while the ribs cook on the grill for 5 minutes.  Flip the ribs and let the bone side cook for another 5 minutes.

Finally, get those ribs off the grill and onto a serving plate.

One final note: place a roll of paper towels on the dinner table–you’ll need ‘em!

Enjoy the weekend and God bless America!


Brian Sussman

Reader Interactions


  1. John Bailey says

    The only rib recipe I use! Thanks Brian for sharing it with all of us and happy Memorial Day to you and your family as well!

  2. Robert Evans says

    The best rib recipe ever. Been BB-Q ing for 50+ years. Thanks Brian. Oh bye the way, I thinks your morning radio show with Katie Green is GREAT. Keep up the good work.
    I am a U.S. NAVY VFW and will your enjoy 4th of July recipe this year as well as I did last year.

  3. KE says

    This is a wonderful recipe. I have made it many times. After making it with beer for a year or so I had to go grain free. I wanted to share that it may not be exactly the same, but is still delicious if you use water instead of beer (I can’t tell a difference to be honest… and neither can my family). Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Randall says

    Brian! Can I do the recipe and braise today? Then refrigerate and grill tomorrow?

    Superbowl tomorrow and I want to make the best ribs everyone will remember.

    • Brian Sussman says

      Sorry for the tardy reply (I avoid all work, social media, etc, on Saturday).
      Yes, you certainly could have done that!
      Anyway, let me know how it all worked out.
      Enjoy the game/meal/day.

  5. Jan says

    Brian, I live in Alaska and get moose through the fish and game “road kill” program. This last one we harvested the ribs so I plan on trying your recipe. I will let you know how it works. P.S. moose meat is way more flavorful than beef and no growth hormones.

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