• Tom Mylan’s Dinosaur Ribs


Barbecue Beef Ribs

By Tom Mylan

Tom Mylan's Dinosaur Ribs

Servings: 7 to 8


  • 1 square-cut beef rib plate, 8 to 10 pounds

For the Marinade

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • One 6- to 8-ounce can pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons bonito flakes

Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder, such as Colman’s
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Special Equipment

  • Butcher knife or large chef’s knife
  • Nonreactive food-safe container large enough to hold the ribs
  • Aluminum foil or a smoker


To fabricate the ribs, take a bullnose butcher knife or large chef’s knife and cut the riblets off the bottom of the ribs at the joint where they meet.

Next, cut all the way through the space between the ribs with your knife, making sure that each rib has meat on it. Place the ribs in a large nonreactive food-safe container.

To make the marinade, combine the salt, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, black pepper, lemon zest and juice, and bonito flakes, mixing well in a medium bowl, using your hands to squish any lumps of sugar. Pour the mixture evenly all over the ribs and rub it in. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Set an alarm to wake up as early as you think you can.

When the alarm goes off, remove the ribs from the refrigerator and place them out at room temperature somewhere where they are unlikely to be molested by man or beast. Go back to bed.

When you wake up again, fire up your smoker or oven. You can cook the ribs at 220°F for 12 hours or at 250°F for 8 hours, depending on how early you got out of bed and what time you want to eat.

Put the ribs in (if using an oven, wrap them in foil first), sit back, and settle in for a day of lazily poking at the ribs. When the ribs are tender but not quite falling off the bone, they are ready.

Serve with barbecue sauce, cold beer, and loud music.

Meat Hook Barbecue Sauce

SERVINGS: Makes 3 cups

Combine all the ingredients in a non-reactive saucepan, bring to a simmer, and simmer gently for 1  1/2 hours. Remove from the heat and let cool for 45 minutes.

Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the sauce will keep for up to one month. Freezing is not encouraged.

Credit: “Excerpted from The Meat Hook Meat Book by Tom Mylan (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014. Photographs by Michael Harlan Turkell. Illustrations by Kate Bonner.”

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