I’m a sucker for peach. Peach jam, peach smoke wood, and plain old peaches. So I decided to triple up the peach on these blowtorch ribs. I brined the ribs in Mike’s Hard Peach Lemonade, smoked them with peach wood and slathered them with a peach glaze and caramelized them with a blowtorch. You read that right. I said blowtorch!
Peach Blowtorch Ribs Ingredients:
1 slab baby back ribs, membrane removed
12 oz Mike’s Hard Peach Lemonade
1.5 tbsp of salt
Your favorite rub
2 heaping tbsp peach preserves
1 heaping tbsp hot pepper jelly
1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Skin the ribs and place in a resealable plastic bag with the hard peach lemonade and salt, sloshing the liquid around to dissolve the salt:
Brine the ribs for 2-12 hours.
Remove the ribs from the brine and coat with your favorite rub. Always rub the bone side first so the bones keep the rub elevated from cutting board and thus keeps the rub from sticking to the board. Then coat the meat side:
Prepare the grill for two zone or indirect grilling. For a standard grill, place the coals on one side and the meat on the other. If you are lucky enough to have a kamado or ceramic cooker, then put the plate setter over the fire to deflect the heat away from the meat. Put the smoke wood, I used peach, on the coals and place the meat on the grill. Target temperature inside the grill is 300 degrees:
Here are the ribs about 45 minutes in, getting nice and golden and the bones are peeking out a little, but they are not close to being ready yet:
And here we are about ready to come off the grill, get the peach glaze and then the blowtorch. This is right about 2 hours in at 300 degrees:
They are ready to go at about 2 hours because these bones told me so:
Pro Tip ~ Don’t watch the clock when grilling ribs, watch the bones. I don’t care what temp you are smoking your ribs, watch the bones. When they stick out like this, they’re done
Time to make up the glaze.
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and put in the microwave for 60 seconds to liquify the gelatins:
Coat the meat side of the ribs and then bust out the torch. Just hit the glaze with the tip of the flame and keep the flame moving back and forth slowly:
When the flame hits the sugars, it will turn from blue to orange, but most important, it will bubble the glaze and caramelize the sauce. Here’s a shot of the torch hitting the flame with not much orange to show the bubbling at the end of the flame:
Keep going back and forth until the liquid is reduced down and the glaze is thickened. Wait a couple minutes and let the glaze set before slicing:
And here’s a close up of that smoke ring:
Not my best smoke ring, but they were plenty smoky. But were they grilled properly? There are two ways to grill ribs. Fall off the bone and competition style. I prefer the latter in which the ribs are tender but firm, with a little tug in the bite that leaves both a clean bite and bone:
And one more picture of the bite because I couldn’t decide which one to use:
I have to say that these peach blowtorch ribs were a huge hit with everyone that tried them including myself, my neighbor the day I smoked these, and a handful of coworkers the next day at the office. My coworkers absolutely raved about them and they had them microwaved! But think about it, they have the sweet of the hard peach lemonade infused into the meat, the rub set into the meat, the smoke infused inside, and of course that sweet/heat/savory glaze with the added benefit of the caramelization from the blowtorch. And let’s face it, anytime you can bust out a blowtorch, you have to do it, right?
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- 1 slab baby back ribs, membrane removed
- 12 oz Mike's Hard Peach Lemonade
- 1.5 tbsp of salt
- Your favorite rub
- 2 heaping tbsp peach preserves
- 1 heaping tbsp hot pepper jelly
- 1.5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Place the ribs, hard peach lemonade and salt in a resealable plastic bag
- Slosh the liquid around until the salt dissolves and place the bag in the fridge for 2-12 hours
- Remove the ribs from the brine, and coat with the rub on the bone side first then on the meat side
- Prepare the grill for two zone or indirect grilling with a target temperature of 300
- Place smoke wood on the coals and meat on the grill and close the lid
- Once the bones poke out about a half inch the ribs are done (about 2 hrs for baby backs at 300)
- Prepare the glaze by combining the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 60 seconds to liquify the gelatins
- Coat the meat side with the glaze and bust out the blowtorch
- Only hit the glaze with the tip of the flame and keep the torch moving back and forth slowly, not leaving it one place too long
- The goal is to get the glaze to bubble and thicken up
- Once the glaze has cooked down, let it cool for a couple minutes to set and then serve