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
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

14 ounce-weight: 937 calories, 56g fat (21g saturated fat), 223mg cholesterol, 1651mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 56g 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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MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 248180
Reviewed May. 13, 2016

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

moizbutt User ID: 8573521 234971
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015


Dougie55 User ID: 8327261 228696
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."

bestsmoker User ID: 8316792 224005
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"YUM!!! These ribs turned out amazing. I found my smoker through these electric smoker reviews"

hamhock32 User ID: 7001222 19278
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014


ladyslipper9 User ID: 7404641 43942
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"Very good. Great flavor and nice spice."

jam5260 User ID: 6756510 43939
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

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

obsessedwithfood User ID: 3724663 77022
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

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

No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 22927
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

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

bluecoug User ID: 7228290 22906
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."

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