May 01

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St Louis Style Ribs


Submitted by: Veronica Gantley

I have never had a St Louis sauce before, this one is fantastic. Generally when I have ribs, I use my ketchup based barbecue sauce or a store bought brand. So when I noticed the recipe had tomatoes, I was a bit skeptical. One taste however and all skepticism went out the window! This was such a flavorful recipe anyone can make. This is a do again recipe for sure.


St Louis Style Ribs



  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chipolte chili powder
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 6-8 country-style ribs (about 4 lbs)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook stirring until the fat is rendered about 8 minutes.
  3. Add chili pepper, garlic, and onion, cook stirring until soft about 10 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, sugar, molasses, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat allow to cool slightly before adding to food processor.
  6. Blend in batches if necessary.
  7. In a 12 inch skillet, Season ribs with salt and pepper. Cook on medium high until ribs are brown on both sides. Working in batches cook about 8 minutes.
  8. Transfer ribs to a 9 x 13 baking dish and pour the sauce over the ribs.
  9. Bake ribs for about an hour.



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