You may never look at baby back ribs the same way after trying these smoked masala ribs.
I love ribs- don’t care if they’re baked, grilled, or smoked – I love the suckers. There’s just something about smoked meat and if you’ve got the benefit of a smoker, why not smoke often. This may be the only time I condone smoking….until I put up my brisket recipe. I love fusing traditional Indian flavors into my favorite American dishes, so it was only natural to make smoked masala ribs.
Smoked masala ribs are a Punjabi take on an American favorite. The traditional Indian masala fuses perfectly with the smoking process and the flavor of pork. In Punjab we didn’t grow up eating a lot of pork but when we did it was cooked in traditional Southern Indian flavors, curries, and masalas. So it’s a bit natural that when I think of pork, I want it to have rich earthy notes to it. This masala brings in spices such as cardamom, cloves, coriander, cumin, etc. giving it a deep and rich flavor. Indian cuisine and Indian recipes vary so heavily region by region, making it really fun to see what you can fuse together for a new flavor profile. And a new flavor profile it is! These baby back ribs are fusion Indian cuisine at it’s best. In the same bite you can’t help but think, “Wow, I’m eating an Indian pork dish”, and, “These taste like good old fashioned American smoked ribs”. Together, it’s a bit of a wow. Unless you’re not a fan of spiced meat, then it sucks.
I love a good dry rub on steak and ribs, however, I opted for more of a paste-like marinade this time around. It just helps infuse the meat with the rich spices, as well as creates a nice crust on the meat. Adding in the apple juice helps keep the meat hydrated and creates those fall of the bone ribs that we all LOVE.
If you don’t have a smoker, no problem, you can bake them or grill them. Just make sure to cook them through properly.
These ribs are perfect for a cookout or Sunday dinner. We made them for 4th of July weekend. We paired them sirke de pyaaz, serrano pepper cornbread, potato salad, and pineapple basil lemonades. It was a yummy weekend.
8 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories1969
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 53.9g 270%
- Cholesterol 525mg 175%
- Sodium 2729mg 114%
- Potassium 108mg 4%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
- Sugars 1.9g
- Protein 128.7g 258%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.