February 10

Jalapeno Spare Ribs Recipe…Sweet and Spicy


Fire up your barbecue with this Jalapeno Spare Ribs Recipe. These pork ribs are easy to make and will be a hit at your next barbecue.

A little spicy and a little sweet these ribs are both marinated and glazed.

Touched with a hint of mesquite we love showcasing Jalapeno Ribs during a south of the border out door feast.

Worried about the heat? Don’t, you can control the heat while you prepare the ribs. We will show you how.

What you Need 

  • One slab of Pork Spare Ribs
  • Jalapeno Marinade (See Below)

  • Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Glaze

  • Mesquite smoking chips 

Jalapeno Marinade:


1 quart water1/2 cup cider vinegar1/4 cup sugar1/4 cup vegetable oil2 teaspoons kosher salt1 teaspoon white pepper1/2 lb of jalapeno peppers, chopped 

Like it hot? Chop the peppers whole, seeds and all. Want to cool it down? Simply remove peppers seeds and membranes before chopping.

  1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a low boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes, then slowly cool to room temperature.

  3. Refrigerate down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

  4. Place the Marinade in a container and put the ribs in this mixture. Cover with plastic wrap.

  5. Refrigerate for at least four hours. We marinade ours overnight

  6. Remove the ribs from the marinade when ready to smoke.

  7. Save the Marinade

-Jalapenos come in a variety of heat levels. Taste-test one of the peppers prior to chopping them.Then figure out if you want the pepper seeds in or out.  

-Soaking the ribs in the marinade longer will increase the heat level and flavor of the ribs

Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Glaze:


1 cup white sugar1/2 cup cider vinegar1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of Jalapeno slices, about 1/8 inch thick

  1. Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a low boil.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

  3. Cover pan, remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  4. Strain out jalapeno slices.

Let’s Get Cooking

A word on Preparation. See Pork Spare Ribs … What you need to Knowbefore starting.

Fire up your Meat Smoker and get it heated to a constant temperature of 225 degrees. Once at temperature place the ribs on the smoker rack, bone side down.  

Heat the jalapeno marinade to a boil and simmer for five minutes then strain. Reserve the liquid. Baste the ribs with the jalapeno marinade every forty five minutes while smoking. 

Smoke for about three hours. Check for doneness, the ribs will seperate with a little pressure. Continue smoking and basting until the ribs are done. This is not a race, so don’t rush it. Ribs can take up to five hours to be ready. 

Brush a thin coat of the jalapeno glaze onto the smoked spare ribs just before serving.

We hope you found this Jalapeno Spare Ribs Recipe.

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