Sticky Mutton Beer Ribs

Sticky mutton beer ribs: They’re tender and smokey on the braai

Whether you want a special weeknight dinner or braai on the weekend, you should try these sticky mutton beer ribs, and share them with friends.

Sticky Mutton Beer Ribs

There’s just something about enjoying food when eaten by hand. You think of burgers, hot wings, pizza and the messiest of them all, ribs. When cooked just right, great ribs will be super tender with a sweet and smokey sauce all over with a bit of char. When eaten by hand, they just taste better and these sticky mutton beer ribs are no different but tasty on a whole new level. It’s all in the marinade which is a bit sweet, well seasoned and a little bit smokey.

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Sticky mutton beer ribs tips

Button can sometimes be quite rich, so a bit of acid and spice is necessary. You can pre-cook the ribs in the oven a bit and when it’s time for the braai, caramelise the marinade on the braai. The cooking time will depend on the size of the ribs and you want to make sure the fat is rendered properly. If you don’t have sweet chilli sauce, use some hot sauce or a bit of smokey paprika. Always season your ribs properly and serve with your choice of tasty sides. The marinade also works great with pork and beef ribs or even some chicken pieces.

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Whether you want a special weeknight dinner or braai on the weekend, you should try these sticky mutton beer ribs, and share them with friends.

Last updated on 28 March 2023

Sticky mutton beer ribs recipe

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Recipe by Melissa Jacobs Course: MainCuisine: GlobalDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 kg 2 mutton ribs (cracked and halved)

  • 1 tbsp 1 butter

  • ½ cup ½ chopped onion

  • 1 1 grated garlic clove

  • 1 tbsp 1 tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tbsp 1 sweet chilli sauce

  • ½ cup ½ brown sugar

  • ½ cup ½ apple cider vinegar

  • 1 cup 1 yellow mustard

  • 1 cup 1 beer

  • ¼ cup ¼ chopped parsley


  • In a saucepan, heat the butter. Add all the marinade ingredients, except the beer and parsley. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add the beer and reduce the heat further. Add the parsley and allow to cool.
  • Season the ribs with salt, pepper and BBQ spice.
  • In a preheated oven, or open grill, cook the ribs for 30 minutes. Baste the ribs generously every 5 minutes with the marinade.
  • Serve the ribs with the leftover marinade as a dip.

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