This weeks recipe challenge was definitely a challenge. The ingredients we were asked to use were coffee, peppercorns and Norm’s Elderberry Jam. Out of these ingredients came Bourbon Elderberry Pork Spare Ribs. I’ll be honest and say that I wish I loved this recipe, but it’s simply okay (to me). Shhh! I think I just committed a food blogger sin by admitting that my recipe is just ok. Oh well, the food gods will get over it i’m sure.
Summer is finally here and the ingredients immediately lent to a bbq recipe with coffee used as a rub or, as part of the bbq sauce. I figured this shouldn’t be so hard. Well, I was wrong! Norm’s has their own Elderberry Jam BBQ sauce using coffee in the recipe. Naturally it would be easy to use Norm’s recipe to give you a tasty dish. This is a recipe challenge though, right? So I created my own. I thought using the bourbon would be a little different. With the elderberry jam, I was hoping it would round out the bourbon in the bbq sauce. Then there’s the coffee. What do I do with the coffee? I thought making a nice rub to marinate the ribs with would be good. Unfortunately, I think that is where I slipped up with this recipe. I really should have researched coffee rubs better. I’m not even going to give you the recipe for the rub because it isn’t worth it. The bbq sauce however has some saving attributes.
What is Elderberry?
Elderberry is a super fruit packed with Vitamins A, B and C, as well as iron, potassium, and powerful antioxidants. The plants are a perennial and naturally disease resistant. Elderberries are also known for boosting one’s immune system. If you have heard of, or know what Umcka is, then you know that it is an Elderberry Syrup used for common colds and flu. A lot like NyQuil, but without all the toxic crap. Ninety percent of elderberries are grown and produced in Europe. Norm’s is trying to change that by increasing the amount of elderberries grown and produced right here in the USA in a sustainably and rich method, ensuring the quality of the berry to its highest standard. To learn more about Norm’s, check them out here.
Bourbon Elderberry Pork Spare Ribs
- 1 Cup Ketchup (Sir Kensington’s Ketchup)
- 1/2 Cup Bourbon
- 2 Tbsp Norm’s Elderberry Jam
- 3 Tbsp Date Sugar (The Date Lady)
- 1 Tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
- 3 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs)
- 1 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 1/2 Tsp Liquid Smoke
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper
I got a full rack of pork spare ribs for this dish. You are free to choose whatever type of ribs you like best.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat and simmer until the alcohol has burned off and the sauce has reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. Stir often as you reduce, approximately 10 minutes.
- Season your ribs with salt and pepper, and brush liberally with with the bbq sauce.
- Place the ribs in your slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours.
- When finished cooking, the trick to giving them that caramelized look is to dress the ribs with a fresh coat of bbq sauce and then broil them in the oven for about five minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Serve your ribs with your favorite potato salad and side of sauerkraut and enjoy!