Strawberry Jalapeno Smoked Ribs


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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
12 hrs 45 mins
12 servings



  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 rack spareribs

  • 2 slabs baby back pork ribs

  • 1 cup apple juice, or more to taste


  • 2 jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded

  • ½ cup beer, or more to taste

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup sugar-free strawberry preserves, or more to taste

  • 3 tablespoons barbeque sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, or more to taste

  • sea salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Blend kosher salt, cumin, oregano, minced garlic, chili powder, 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, celery seed, and ground thyme together in a food processor.

  2. Lay baby back rib slabs and sparerib rack on sheets of aluminum foil. Rub spice mixture all over ribs and fold aluminum foil up around each. Divide apple juice between each foil packet and fold foil edges together to form a seal. Marinate ribs 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place jalapeno peppers, cut-side down, onto the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Cook jalapeno peppers under the preheated broiler until the skin has blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes. Place the blackened peppers into a bowl and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Allow the peppers to steam as they cool, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard skins.

  5. Blend jalapeno peppers, beer, onion, strawberry preserves, barbeque sauce, olive oil, garlic cloves, sea salt, and pinch ground black pepper together in a blender until sauce is smooth. Transfer sauce to a container, cover with a lid, and refrigerate, 8 hours to overnight.

  6. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Place foil-wrapped ribs in a single layer on baking sheets.

  7. Cook ribs in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Increase oven to 225 degrees F (110 degrees C) and continue cooking ribs until almost tender, 2 to 3 hours more.

  8. Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  9. Unwrap ribs, discard apple juice, and place ribs directly on the smoker.

  10. Cook on the preheated smoker until meat surface is slightly dry, 5 to 10 minutes. Continue cooking, brushing sauce on ribs every 15 minutes and turning every 30 minutes, until tender, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes:

Roast and grind your own cumin, if possible.

You can add red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, if desired.

You can use any oil in place of olive oil, if desired.

You can use a grill set for indirect cooking if you don't have a smoker.


The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the apple juice. The actual amount of apple juice consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

554 Calories
41g Fat
8g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 554
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g 53%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 1647mg 72%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 511mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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