Here's and easy and very tasty marinade for ribs that's kind of came together with a little tinkering here and there.....
1 cup apple cider or juice
ï¿½ cup maple syrup
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs soy sauce
6 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 star anise, crushed
1 cinnamon stick (broken) or 1 tsp ground
1 tsp allspice, crushed
ï¿½ tsp cloves, crushed
ï¿½ tsp hot red pepper, like chile pequin, crushed
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the apple cider, maple syrup, vegetable oil and soy sauce. Add garlic, star anise, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and hot pepper. Mix well.
2. In a large Ziploc freezer bag, add rib racks that have been cut into ï¿½. Pour in the marinade and seal. Shake well and refrigerate 24-48 hours, turning occasionally.
3. Remove ribs from the marinade and commence smoking. Meanwhile, strain the marinade, discard solids, and reduce liquid by ï¿½. Reserve marinade and brush on ribs towards the end of the smoke.
Note: The quantity called for here works well with 2-3 racks of ribs. Also, I put the whole spices in a ziploc sandwich bag and crush with a mallet or the bottom of a heavy sauce pan.
BTW - Works well with chicken parts also.