Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs are smoked using the 3-2-1 recipe method and the unique sauce perfectly highlights these delicious ribs.

So basically we will season these ribs and smoke for 6 hours total… 3 hours just seasoned, wrapped in foil for another 2 hours, then finished off with the sauce for 1 more hour.

Hence the name 3-2-1 method 🙂

And, might I recommend smoking something else at the same time if you have a large enough smoker.

Also, be sure to check out the method used for Smoked Beef Short Ribs from OrWhateverYouDo.com, they are seriously amazing!

How to Make Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

Start by patting dry a full rack of pork ribs.

rib rack before seasoning

Then rub about 4 Tablespoons of your favorite BBQ seasoning or dry rub on both sides.

And into the smoker set to 225 degrees for 3 hours.

seasoned ribs on smoker

This is what will await you after those first 3 hours.

ribs after three hours before wrapping in foil

Carefully transfer the ribs onto foil.

I double lined my foil just in case.

Pour a few Tablespoons of water or beer in the foil and wrap it up tight and place it back onto the smoker.

The liquid in the foil packet will create steam and make these ribs super tender!

wrapping ribs in foil

While the ribs are doing their thing in the smoker, you can make the BBQ sauce.

The star of the sauce is this Pomegranate Molasses from Savory Spice!

Savory Spice has a wide selection of quality spices, sauces, and TONS of gift options.

There’s just a small amount, but it gives it such a unique flavor.

It stays good in the fridge forever, so you could even make this same sauce on grilled chicken or salmon.

Pomegranate Molasses from Savory Spice

All there’s to do is put ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground red pepper, and a small amount of this Pomegranate Molasses in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer for a few minutes.

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ sauce

During the last hour is the most rewarding part of cooking these ribs.

Carefully remove the ribs from the foil, and just look at that steam!

That steam is what makes them fall off the bone.

steam coming off ribs in foil packet

During the last hour, brush the ribs with the homemade sauce a few times.

brushing the sauce over top

Serve Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs with the extra sauce on the side.

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

My husband had some friends over working in the garage so they all got a sample of both the ribs and chicken that I made at the same time.

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

I got the thumbs up from both meats (and probably they will be hanging around more often 😉 ).

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

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Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

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Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs
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Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs

Pomegranate Molasses BBQ Ribs uses a special molasses from Savory Spice to make a unique and flavorful sauce for these 3-2-1 smoked ribs

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 3 2 1, BBQ, Easy, Pomegranate Molasses, Recipe, Ribs, Savory Spice, smoked, Smoker Recipes, Summer Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 4
Calories 391 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 1 full rack pork ribs (approx 3 pounds)
  • 4 Tbsps BBQ seasoning or favorite dry rub
  • 2 Tbsps water or beer
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsps Pomegranate Molasses (link to order in post above)
  • 2 Tbsps Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper


  1. Pat the ribs dry with a paper towel, and season all sides with BBQ seasoning.

  2. Place the ribs in a smoker set to 225 degrees for 3 hours.

  3. Wrap the ribs in foil and add water or beer to each foil packet. Place the foil wrapped ribs back into the smoker for 2 more hours.

  4. While the ribs are in the smoker, make the sauce. Put the ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Pomegranate Molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and ground red pepper in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer on low for 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

  5. Unwrap the ribs, place back on the smoker for 1 more hour, brushing with the Pomegranate Molasses BBQ sauce periodically.

  6. Serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

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