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Ribs with Habanero Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Ribs with Habanero Pineapple BBQ Sauce


  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon each kosher salt & ground black pepper
  • 1 rack pork spareribs
  • 3 tablespoons plain yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup vinegar, white or apple cider preferably
  • Approximately two, 6” x 2” x 1/2” thick piece of pineapple with the rind removed
  • 1 small onion or 1/2 large
  • 3 habaneros, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 2 big cloves garlic
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • good pinch kosher salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Put the paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, garlic powder and salt and pepper in a small bowl - mix well
  3. Remove membrane from back of ribs, rub with mustard then season really well with the rub - but don’t rub it in, just pat it on
  4. Put on a rack on a sheet pan, add the vinegar and cover with foil - but in the oven for 90 minutes
  5. While it cooks, heat grill to medium high, lightly oil pineapple slices until good grill marks appear, about 5 minutes
  6. Also heat about a tablespoon of oil in a pan and add the onion, let soften a couple minutes then add the habanero
  7. After a couple more minutes, add the garlic and when fragrant - put in the ketchup, vinegar, cumin, brown sugar and salt and pepper. Mix well and let simmer about 10 minutes
  8. Chop the pineapple into a dice, and put in a processor with everything else from the pan
  9. Mix until smooth, adding a little water if too thick for your liking - remove and set aside
  10. When they’re done remove from the oven and carefully lift up the foil because there will be a lot of steam. Pull off any liquid and take the ribs outside to the barbecue
  11. Put them face down and let grill a few minutes until nice marks appear then flip them over
  12. Now you can start saucing, and after a couple minutes flip them back so the sauce is now face down
  13. Sauce the back and give them a minute or two before flipping them back over, and saucing once more
  14. You’re ready to serve