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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.

Recipe Note

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.

Nutritional 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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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."

sattlert User ID: 1660763 43161
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."

parksville User ID: 1598935 23934
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."

monzmom User ID: 5561081 50472
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!"

jennifergarnett User ID: 6068875 19910
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."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 22895
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

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

scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 23933
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!"

rondha sullivan User ID: 4890595 202338
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

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

rondha sullivan User ID: 4890595 23755
Reviewed May. 22, 2011

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

SmileAndBeHappy User ID: 5326267 48709
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."

daintydish User ID: 1053922 15824
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."

Charelene User ID: 4546483 23753
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."

nueces User ID: 4991935 47470
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"

KellieW User ID: 2723951 48705
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"These are great! My husband loves them!"

alysha17 User ID: 4335288 20420
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2009

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

marylynette User ID: 3479347 202337
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"

Debbilou User ID: 1192746 19904
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."

hoffydn User ID: 1738979 43937
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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