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Jalapeno Ribs Recipe

Jalapeno Ribs Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

14 ounce-weight: 937 calories, 56g fat (21g saturated fat), 223mg cholesterol, 1651mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 56g protein

Reviews for Jalapeno Ribs

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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"

Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014


Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Very good. Great flavor and nice spice."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Excellent ribs! The jalapeno's add great flavor to the sauce. My family requests these ribs all the time!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Love these ribs! Great rub! Great sauce! I used bone-in country style ribs instead. Would not change a thing!"

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"Excellent... used cayenne pepper instead of chili power only because I was out. Very spicy, but really good."

Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"we loved this recipe, the sauce was top notch. The only thing we will do different is to go with beef ribs and make a little bit more sauce and cook the ribs in the sauce then put them on the grill."

Reviewed May. 11, 2013

"Been making these ribs for years. It was in a TOH pork cookbook I got years ago. It is the ONLY way we ever make ribs anymore. We always double the sauce so there is enough."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"These ribs are very tasty. I roasted them covered in the oven for 1-1/2 hours @ 300, turned off the oven and left them in for one more hour before removing - very tender! The jalapeno sauce is EXCELLENT. We loved it and will make and use it not only for ribs, but other meat/poultry/pork items on the bbq."

Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"Used one seeded and one unseeded jalapeño which was the right amount of heat for us. We prefer a sweeter BBQ sauce, so the next time I try this, I may double the brown sugar. Thanks for sharing the recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"These ribs are great! We like our BBQ sauce sweet so the brown sugar is doubled in the rub and sauce. Also, double the sauce so there is enough."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"We absolutely loved these ribs. The sauce was perfect and I plan to use what's left on chicken thighs."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"Incredible. It sounds like it would be spicy but it actually isn't spicy at all! If you want it spicy add more jalapenos or Tabasco or cayenne pepper. This rub and bbq sauce would be excellent on chicken as well. This is one of the best tasting bbq sauces I have tried in a LONG time! Next time I would add lots of minced garlic to the bbq sauce, as well as maybe a little cayenne and maybe some cumin, or any other spice in my cabinet that looks good. Maybe some seasoned salt too. I also added some liquid smoke, dash of soy and maggi. This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried!"

Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"these are the best ribs ever not hot enough so keep seed in 1 pepper u will love them"

Reviewed May. 22, 2011

"these are the best ribs ever not hot enough so keep seed in 1 pepper u will love them"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"Turned out fabulous!! My new favourite Ribs!! ....however, this recipe was extremely mild with it's "heat" time, I will at least 'double' the jalapenos if not more. I cooked the ribs at only 300 degrees though, as previously instructed to me by a chef (for 1-1/2 hrs.). Another tip that same chef gave me, was to have them wrapped in plastic wrap, while in the over."

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"Absolutely wonderful! That sauce was excellent and we will definitely make this one over and over!!! OK, we made two slabs of ribs and we had to double the rub for just one we had to double it again for the second slab. The sauce was excellent, and I'm a BBQ sauce connoisseur. I will use this sauce on lots of different meats. Thank you for this one. We ate every rib."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"My husband used this recipe for the 4th of July. It was EXCELLENT! All of our guests loved it. He cooked the ribs on the BBQ rotissere rather than the oven. They were so beautiful we had to take a photo of them on the BBQ. We are making the rub in a larger quantity to have on hand. Plan to use the rub on Prime Rib roast. We will add a little more jalapenos for a little kick to the sauce. I would rate the spiceness as a 1 or 2 (1-5 with 5 being hot) on the heat scale."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2010

"Tried it for Father's Day....Everyone loved it!! I did double the receipe and ran out of Worcestershire so I added red wine was still awesome"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"These are great! My husband loves them!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

"Love the sauce! Makes yummy ribs for sure!!"

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"Is the worcestershire sauce a must for the flavor? I'm allergic to some of the ingredients in the sauce. Soy is a no no"

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2009

"The sauce is awesome! I forgot how much I hated the fat on pork ribs though so will try another meat next time."

Reviewed Jul. 10, 2009

"My husband loved this recipe! He told me this is the only recipe I should use for ribs from now on. I love it for the taste and how easy it is to make."

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