They say everything is bigger in Texas, and we aren’t going to argue with that! Included in that “everything” is barbecue. What makes Texas BBQ so unique (other than the fact that it’s basted in the great state)? Well for starters, each corner of the state has a signature style of barbecue.
In East Texas, the meat is cooked so slowly it just “falls off the bone.” It is typically cooked over hickory and basted in tomato-based sauce.
In West Texas, meat is directly cooked over mesquite wood.
Down South, thick molasses-like sauces give meat a signature moistness.
And in Central Texas, meat is rubbed with only salt and pepper. While sauce is appreciated, it is seen as an additive and served on the side.
Regardless of your favorite style of Texas Barbecue (or if you haven’t even noticed a difference), beer is known to enhance the flavor of BBQ. And, lucky for us, Twisted X Brewing Company has given us the “Official Beer of Barbecue” in their new Pitmaster Pilsner!
This beer is formulated to quench a Texas-sized thirst! Easy drinking all-malt lager is true to its Pilsner-style roots. It is brewed with German and Domestic malt and hopped with Apollo, German Tettnang, and Simcoe hops. It’s a fresh take on a classic beer, made for keeping you cool during Texas summers (and falls and winters and springs) by the grill. A slightly citrusy aroma gives way to a smooth malty taste profile with a crisp, refreshing finish. Perfect for anytime of the day, week or year! Use it to marinate your meat or sip it on the side (why choose?), Pitmaster Pilsner is the perfect companion for your favorite slabs of meat. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourselves with these Honey-Beer Braised Ribs.
Prep Time: 3.5 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tsp pepper
- ¾ tsp salt
- 6 pounds pork baby back ribs
- ¼ cup honey
- 12 ounces beer
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
Step 1: Combine the brown sugar, pepper and salt. Rub over ribs.
Step 2: Place ribs bone side down on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Drizzle with honey. Combine beer and vinegar and pour around ribs. Spoon some of the beer mixture over ribs.
Step 3: Cover tightly with foil and bake at 325° for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 250° and bake for 2 hours longer or until tender.
Step 4: Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil. Using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Drain ribs. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until browned, turning and basting occasionally with barbecue sauce. Serve with remaining barbecue sauce.