Sweet and spicy pork back ribs are seasoned with a homemade rub and cooked low and slow over a smoker. The ribs are then finished with a homemade BBQ sauce featuring apple jelly.
For the most flavor, add hickory or apple chips to your smoker. Make sure to soak them in water first, and drain them well.
Ribs are the perfect barbecue food. Whip up your favorite sides, like coleslaw or biscuits, to serve alongside them.
Sweet and Spicy Pork Ribs Recipe
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coarse ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup ground jalapeño powder
- 3 tablespoons fine grind sea salt
- 1 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup apple jelly
- 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 racks pork back ribs membrane removed
- 2 apple wood chunks
- Combine the brown sugar, pepper, jalapeño powder, salt, and celery salt in a bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- Combine in a saucepan the vinegar, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, honey, apple jelly, salt, garlic, pepper, coriander, and cayenne pepper, then bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until slightly thickened, stirring frequently.
- Cool to room temperature and refrigerate.
- Rub a light amount of oil on both sides of the ribs and sprinkle with the rub. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature.
- Once the first layer of rub turns wet, generously coat both sides of the ribs with additional rub. Let stand for an additional 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Preheat a smoker to 250 to 300 degrees F (121 to 149 degrees C). Add two applewood chunks.
- Add the ribs and smoke until tender and at an internal temperature of 200 degrees F (93 degrees C), about 4 ½ hours.
- Once the ribs are done, brush the front and back with a layer of sauce. Smoke for an additional 10 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional sauce.