My son-in-law, Ben Weller, smoked these delicious Jalapeno Jerk Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce for our family gathering. For this recipe he used baby back pork ribs to cook on the smoker.
With ribs, the longer you cook them over low heat, the more tender the meat will get as the connective tissues break down. The challenge is to keep the ribs moist throughout the cooking process. We loved the flavor of this rib recipe which gets the spiciness from the jalapeno peppers and the wonderful sweetness from the pineapple juice. These ribs get so much flavor from the rub, glaze and barbecue sauce that we were gnawing on the bone once the meat was gone. You know those were some good ribs!
Jalapeno Jerk Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Recipe:
Jalapeno Jerk Ribs with Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Recipe
6 racks pork ribs (4 to 5 pound racks pork baby back ribs or 6 to 8 pounds pork spareribs)*
Dry Rub (see recipe below) or your favorite BBQ Sauce
Pineapple Glaze (see recipe below)
Jalapeno Pineapple Barbecue Sauce (see recipe below)
* Baby back ribs are cut from the lower back rib section of a pig's loin. They are meatier and leaner than spare ribs, which come from the belly section. Each rack usually contains 10 to 13 ribs and weighs 1.75 to 2 pounds.
Preheat your smoker to 200 to 225 degrees F. Pork ribs can be smoked with about any kind of smoking wood, but hickory and oak are the most popular.
Prepare Dry Rub or use your favorite recipe.
Prepare Pineapple Glaze.
Prepare Jalapeno Pineapple Barbecue Sauce.
Rinse the ribs in cold water and pat dry.
Remove the Membrane: This is the thin, papery skin from the back of each rack of ribs. The membrane blocks the uptake of smoke and creates a barrier to your seasonings. To remove the membrane, lay the ribs on a flat surface meat side down. Take a sharp knife and begin peeling the membrane from one corner near the bone. NOTE: People have different opinions regarding removing the membrane or leaving it on. Trim and discard any excess fat, but do not get too carried away with the trimming as the fat gives flavor. Rinse the ribs again and pat dry.
Rub ribs thoroughly on all sides with prepared the prepared Pork Dry Rub Seasoning. NOTE: Be sure to get hands in there and actually rub those ribs.
Wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight to let the dry rub soak into the meat. This will give the rub plenty of time to work. Remove the ribs from the refrigerator approximately 1 hour before cooking.
Low and Slow Cooking: Like traditional Barbecue, pork ribs should be cooked low and slow. For maximum flavor you will need to maintain a temperature about 200 to 225 degrees F. at all time. Figure 1 hour of smoking per pound of ribs. One (1) full rack of ribs can be smoked in approximately 4 hours or more. Do not speed up the cooking time by raising the temperature - your pork will end up tough and chewy!
The last 1/2 hour of cooking, start brushing the ribs with the Pineapple Glaze. Brush 2 to 3 more times during cooking.
Ribs are done when they are tender enough to easily pull the meat from the bones and the internal temperature registers 180 to 200 degrees F. on your instant-read meat thermometer. Some people like their ribs cooked longer.
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When done, remove from smoker and let the smoked ribs rest for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before cutting them. If you would like to add some of the Jalapeno Pineapple Barbecue Sauce at this time, brush the sauce over the ribs shortly before you remove them from the smoker. Cut down the middle of each strip of meat between each rib bone.
Serve the smoked ribs with the Jalapeno Pineapple Barbecue Sauce.
Pork Dry Rub Seasoning:
There are many commercial dry jerk seasonings widely available to purchase. Here is one you can make from scratch at home:
3 tablespoons firmly-packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons coarsely-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 to 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper or chile powder (or to taste)
In a small jar with tight-fitting lid, shake together all dry ingredients until well-blended. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
2 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup rice or cider vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In a heavy saucepan, add the pineapple juice, vinegar, brown sugar, butter, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, approximately 10 to 15 minutes until syrupy and the mixture is reduced to approximately 1 cup. Remove from heat and let cool.
Jalapeno Pineapple Barbecue Sauce:
2 cups pineapple juice
1 to 2 jalapeno chile peppers, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste
In a heavy saucepan, add the pineapple juice, chile peppers, ginger, and cilantro. Bring to a boil and cook until the liquid is reduced by 1/2. Add the ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Let simmer until slightly thickened, approximately 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and let cool.
Source: This great recipe is originally by Steven Raichlen and his website, Barbecue U. This recipe has been slightly adapted.