Jalapeno Ribs Recipe
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Jalapeno Ribs Recipe

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These ribs are unique because of the spicy rub and the combination of sweet brown sugar and spicy jalapeno peppers in the sauce. I always make them for my husband's birthday. —Shirley Manthey, Omaha, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 35 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 35 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3-1/2 to 4 pounds pork spareribs
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (14 ounces) equals 937 calories, 56 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 223 mg cholesterol, 1651 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 56 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; rub onto both sides of ribs. Place ribs, meat side up, on a rack in a foil-lined roasting pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Grill ribs, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until browned, basting with sauce and turning several times. Reheat remaining sauce and serve with ribs. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Ribs may be baked and sauce may be prepared a day ahead and refrigerated. Then grill and baste for 15 minutes or until heated through and nicely glazed. We recommend wearing disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Jalapeno Ribs in Country Pork 1996, p103

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Reviewed May. 13, 2016

"Amazing ribs! Like others, I doubled the sauce. Definitely a recipe I will use over and over and over!"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015


Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Cooked the ribs and sauce exactly as recipe suggests this morning. Put the ribs in tinfoil with a generous amount of the sauce all over the ribs, and refrigerated to grill this afternoon. The flavors so far are great. Can't wait to grill them up. Next time I might add a little liquid smoke to the sauce just for the smokey flavor."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"YUM!!! These ribs turned out amazing. I found my smoker through these electric smoker reviews http://www.bestsmokersforsale.com/best-electric-smoker-reviews-2015-top-5-electric-smokers/"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014


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