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Let’s talk BBQ. I’ve been planning to make Ian’s Famous BBQ Ribs for almost a year. Maybe that’s a reflection of how seldom we eat meat or of how short the BBQ season is in Montreal. But finally, Ian’s Famous Ribs have managed to make their way onto our BBQ and into our hearts. I said our hearts, hopefully not our arteries!

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Ian’s Famous BBQ Ribs

  • 4 lbs beef ribs (Le Biftheque), cut into single rib portions
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1-2 onions
  • 2 bay leaves

Put the ribs in a pot with water, salt, pepper, onion and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for an hour.


Ian's BBQ Ribs Sauce

Ian’s BBQ Sauce

  • 1/2 c strong coffee
  • 1/2 c Ketchup
  • 1/4 c coconut or brown sugar
  • 3 T cider vinegar
  • 2 T olive oil 
  • 1 1/2 t Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 t grated lemon rind
  • 1 T lemon juice

In a saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Makes 1 cup of sauce.

Coat the simmered ribs with half of the sauce and let them sit in the fridge for at least 3 hours—the longer the better.

Take the ribs out of the fridge and let them come to room temperature before putting them on the BBQ, Spread the BBQ sauce already on and around the ribs over them before cooking.

Cook on indirect heat—not right over the flames, the longer the better, for at least for 45 minutes, turning them over from time to time and applying more of the sauce. Serves 3-4.

Ian's Famous BBQ Ribs

Ian’s Famous BBQ Ribs Print Ready Recipe

Ian's Famous BBQ Ribs

Final notes:

  • A very big thank you to Ian Scharf for sharing his famous rib recipe and for waiting so patiently for it to come to fruition.
  • It took a great deal of restraint not to double Ian’s BBQ Sauce recipe. It turned out to be the perfect amount.
  • Speaking of cutting ribs, take a look at these 22 brilliant life hacks.
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Ian's Famous BBQ Ribs