Attention basketball enthusiasts and grilling aficionados: Prepare for an exceptional March Madness experience with Game Day Grilled Jalapeno Ribs. As the competition narrows to the final four teams, anticipation intensifies. We are here to enhance your viewing experience with a dish that promises a robust, savory taste.

This unique take on game-day ribs elevates the traditional with an innovative blend of sweet and spicy flavors. The preparation begins with a rub consisting of brown sugar, chili powder, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, generously applied to each rack of ribs to ensure a rich flavor profile.

The sauce, a sophisticated reduction of tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, and chopped jalapenos, offers a harmonious balance of sweetness and spice with a notable kick. Each bite introduces a burst of complex flavors designed to satisfy the palate.

The Game Day Grilled Jalapeno Ribs are suited for those who appreciate a bold, spicy dish. While they are indeed a crowd-pleaser, we recommend preparedness with ample napkins and anticipating high demand at your event. Elevate your watch party with Game Day Grilled Jalapeno Ribs and American Made Grills, and secure your status as the most valued host.

Serves 4

Game Day Grilled Jalapeno Ribs Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3-1/2 to 4 pounds pork spareribs

Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules

Game Day Grilled Jalapeno Ribs Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; rub onto both sides of ribs. Note: It is unnecessary to apply the dry rub hours beforehand; applying just before cooking yields the same results.
  2. Prepare the grill: Place a drip pan filled with water in the barbecue—the ribs will cook above it. If using a gas grill, place the pan to one side and light half of the burners. If using charcoal, heat the coals and spread them out from the middle, creating a well for the drip pan to sit in. With one of our Hybrid Grills, use your favorite hardwood or charcoal to capture the mesquite savor you desire.
  3. Check the grill to see if it's reached the proper temperature, 200 degrees F. Place the ribs on the grill over the drip pan, close the barbecue lid, and cook for about 1 1/2-2 hours at 200 degrees F. Turn the ribs every 20-30 minutes, adding coals or adjusting the gas to maintain a steady 200 degrees F. Some fluctuation is okay (and unavoidable if using charcoal). Still, the goal is to stay between 190 degrees F and 220 degrees F.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a large saucepan; simmer, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Begin basting ribs with sauce in the final 10 minutes of grill time (after about 1 1/2 hours). Any earlier, and the sauce will simply dry out. Note: The USDA states that pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. It is difficult for the meat to retain its juices at this temperature (145 degrees F will produce deliciously moist and juicy ribs), but if you are concerned about safety, follow the USDA guidelines and be aware that the ribs will be dry.
  6. Once the ribs are cooked, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil and place them inside paper bags. Set aside 30 minutes to allow them to steam and tenderize the meat further without overcooking.
  7. Remove and serve with the remaining sauce on the side.


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April 01, 2024 — Jason Klein