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Barbecue Ribs with Spiced Rum Pineapple Sauce

Are you ready for the best ever barbecue ribs? These super tender, barbecue ribs are glazed in the most delicious spiced rum pineapple sauce.

barbecue ribs with spiced rum pineapple sauce

The last few weeks of weather have been gorgeous in SoCal. We’re not quite into summer yet, but let’s be honest…it’s summer 9 months out of the year here! Yep, we’re spoiled.

The warm weather also means it’s time to dust off the outdoor grill cover and put that thing away for a while. ‘Cause it’s time for my favorite way of cooking – grilling!

I love the smoky flavor that grilling imparts, but even more so, I love that there’s less pots and pans to clean. I call that kitchen clean-up tricks 101. We’re all busy, so why spend time unnecessarily cleaning dishes, right?

When it comes to making a delicious meal, quality ingredients are key. And barbecue ribs are no different. I typically source my pork from local farmers who pride themselves on antibiotic-free, hormone-free, crate-free pigs.

But what makes these barbecue ribs extra delicious is the sauce. Commercial barbecue sauces have added fillers, processed sugars and nasties, which may include:

  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • corn syrup
  • modified food starch
  • potassium sorbate
  • sodium benzoate
  • guar gum
  • carob bean gum
  • caramel color

Instead of ingesting those chemicals and unnecessary ingredients, it’s best to make a barbecue sauce from scratch. Once you do, you’ll never go back to store-bought again – promise! This spiced rum pineapple sauce is a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy and a whole lot of yum!

The best barbecue ribs are juicy and fall of the bone…and this recipe delivers, by oven steaming them first.


barbecue ribs with spiced rum pineapple sauce

barbecue ribs with spiced rum pineapple sauce

(gluten-free, paleo) Barbecue Ribs with Spiced Rum Pineapple Sauce
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Barbecue Ribs with Spiced Rum Pineapple Sauce

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 3 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
Are you ready for the best ever barbecue ribs? These super tender, barbecue ribs are glazed in the most delicious spiced rum pineapple sauce. Note: with one rack of ribs, you'll most likely have extra sauce. This can be reserved for barbecue chicken or other meat. Just make sure not to contaminate your sauce by inserting the brush.
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  • 1 rack of baby back pork ribs

Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup organic ketchup
  • 3/4 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup organic blackstrap molasses
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
  • 2 tbsp spiced rum
  • 1 tbs organic Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce, (ensure that it's gluten-free)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne


  • In a medium-sized pot over medium heat, stir together the ketchup, maple syrup and molasses. Keep at a low simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • While your pot is simmering, add the remaining ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Add the blender ingredients to the simmering pot and stir for 3-4 minutes more. Then turn off the heat.
  • To prepare the ribs, line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil (enough to wrap the ribs).
  • Take 3/4 cup of the sauce and mix with an equal amount of water. Pour this evenly around the ribs, then lightly wrap the foil around them.
  • Place the ribs in a 275 degree oven for 3 hours. This process steams the meat, making it tender while infusing it with flavor.
  • After the ribs have finished cooking, remove from the oven. Using tongs, place on a large platter to carry to your grill.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Use the remaining sauce to generously brush both sides of the ribs.
  • Place the ribs on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes each side. Serve immediately.


Calories: 374kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 857mg, Potassium: 678mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 57g, Vitamin A: 5.9%, Vitamin C: 13.6%, Calcium: 11.4%, Iron: 9.3%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Ribs, BBQ Ribs, Spiced Rum Pinapple BBQ Sauce
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