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Jalapeno Ribs

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until thickened.
  • 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.
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.
Nutrition Facts
14 ounce-weight: 937 calories, 56g fat (21g saturated fat), 223mg cholesterol, 1651mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 2g fiber), 56g protein.

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  • Tee
    Aug 23, 2020

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  • MrsOwens
    May 13, 2016

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

  • moizbutt
    Oct 15, 2015


  • Dougie55
    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
    Apr 2, 2015

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

  • hamhock32
    Nov 21, 2014


  • ladyslipper9
    Nov 9, 2014

    Very good. Great flavor and nice spice.

  • jam5260
    Feb 2, 2014

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

  • obsessedwithfood
    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
    Jun 3, 2013

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