Tropical Barbecued Pork Ribs

  • Active Time 1h 55m
  • Total Time 2h 10m
  • Rating ****

Makes 4 servings


  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 3 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes with their juice


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, or build a small to medium fire on one side of a large outdoor grill.

Mix 2 teaspoons of the salt, the pepper and the allspice in a small bowl. Rub the ribs all over with this seasoning mix. Lay the ribs on a pan in the center of the oven or on the side of the grill away from the fire. Cover the ribs. The idea is to cook them with the gentle indirect heat of the fire. Cook the ribs for 1 hour, tending the fire as needed.

TO MAKE THE SAUCE: Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, add the onion, garlic, ginger and pepper flakes, and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until the onions are soft. Add the pineapple juice, molasses, rum, tomatoes and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Puree the sauce in a blender or food processor until smooth.

After the ribs have cooked for 1 hour, raise the heat of the oven to 450 degrees F or stoke the coals for a hotter fire. Paint the ribs with the barbecue sauce and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, basting frequently and adding more sauce as needed. The ribs should have a dark golden glaze and the meat should be tender and completely cooked. Slice the ribs and serve warm.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Doubleday. All rights reserved.

RecID 3694

nutrition information per serving

1146 calories; 88g total fat; 265mg cholesterol; 1619mg sodium; 24g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 60g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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