BBQ Crown Rib with Jalapeno Stuffed Cornbread


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BBQ Crown Rib with Jalapeno Stuffed Cornbread

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    Show off to your family and friends with this impressive crown rib glazed with Moe Cason I-20 BBQ Sauce from Hy-Vee. 

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    6 c. hickory wood chips
    1 (3-liter) box white wine
    1 ¼ c. yellow cornmeal
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    2 tsp. Hy-Vee baking powder
    1 tsp. kosher salt
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee ground cinnamon
    2 Hy-Vee large eggs
    1 c. buttermilk
    1 (4-oz.) can Hy-Vee mild diced green chilies , undrained
    ¼ c. plus 3/4 c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, melted and divided
    1 (3-to 3¼-lb.) St. Louis full slab pork spare ribs
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil
    2 (16-oz. each) bottles Moe Cason I-20 BBQ Sauce
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee honey
    1 medium jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced and seeded; for garnish

    Things To Grab

    • Large double sheet of heavy foil
    • Large bowl
    • Medium bowl
    • Kitchen twine or metal skewers
    • 8-by-8-inch oven-safe baking dish
    • Electric mixer


    1. Soak wood chips overnight in enough wine to cover; drain. Place soaked chips on one-half of a large double sheet of heavy foil. Fold other half of foil up and over to cover wood chips; seal edges of foil with a double fold. Poke holes on top of packet to allow smoke to come out. Set packet aside. 

    2. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill with two grilling zones: direct grilling over medium heat (350 degrees) and indirect grilling over low heat (250 degrees). 

    3. Preheat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet on grill rack over direct heat until hot. Meanwhile, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl; set aside. Whisk together eggs, buttermilk, green chiles, and ¼ cup melted butter in a medium bowl. Pour egg mixture over cornmeal mixture; gently stir until combined (do not overmix); set aside. 

    4. Melt ¼ cup softened butter in the hot skillet; swirl to coat bottom and side of skillet. Pour cornmeal batter into hot skillet. Close grill and bake over indirect heat for 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Remove from grill and cool. 

    5. Place wood-chip packet on grill rack over direct heat. Cover grill. Meanwhile, remove silver skin from ribs. Form rib rack into a circular crown shape with meat side out; use kitchen twine or metal skewers to hold crown together. Generously brush both sides with barbeque sauce. 

    6. When chips begin to smoke, oil grill rack for indirect grilling. Place rib crown, standing up, on grill rack. Close grill and smoke for 2 hours, brushing with barbecue sauce every 30 minutes. Continue smoking for 30 to 50 minutes more or until ribs reach 180 degrees. Remove rib crown from grill; tent with foil and let stand for 20 minutes. 

    7. While the meat is grilling, also prepare smoked honey. Pour honey into an 8-by-8-inch oven-safe baking dish. Place baking dish over indirect heat, next to rib crown. Smoke for 1 hour. Remove honey from grill and cool to room temperature. Transfer honey to a mixing bowl. Add remaining ½ cup softened butter. Beat with an electric mixer on low until light and fluffy. Set aside. 

    8. To serve, cut cornbread into 1-inch cubes and place in center of rib roast; dollop with smoked honey. Garnish with sliced jalapenos. 

    Nutrition facts


    1070 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 53g
    • Cholesterol: 205mg
    • Sodium: 2060mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 128g
    • Protein: 24g

    Daily Values

    Iron 15%
    Calcium 10%
    Vitamin D 15%
    Potassium 8%