Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Ribs

Prep Time:
25 mins
Soak Time:
1 hrs
Grill Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 cup apple or pecan wood chips

  • 4 pound pork loin back ribs

  • 2 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1 recipe Mexican Rib Rub

  • 1 recipe Mop Sauce

  • 1 recipe Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Mop Sauce

  • ½ cup Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  • ½ cup Mexican beer

  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar

Mexican Rib Rub

  • 1 tablespoon grated piloncillo (Mexican brown sugar) or packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile pepper or chili powder

  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano or regular oregano, crushed

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup finely chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup honey

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoon lime juice

  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon canned chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped*

  • ¼ cup tequila añejo or your favorite tequila


  1. At least 1 hour before grilling, soak wood chips in enough water to cover. Remove membrane from non-meaty side of ribs by loosening membrane at one end, holding with a paper towel, and pulling across the rib bones; discard membrane. Brush meaty side of ribs with adobo sauce. Sprinkle Mexican Rib Rub evenly over all sides of ribs; rub in with your fingers.

  2. Drain wood chips. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Sprinkle wood chips over coals. Place rack of ribs on grill rack over drip pan (cut rack of ribs to fit, if necessary). Cover; grill for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until ribs are tender, basting with Mop Sauce four times during the first 1-1/4 hours of grilling. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Add wood chips according to manufacturer's directions. Grill as above.) Discard any remaining Mop Sauce. Serve ribs with Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce.

Mop Sauce

  1. In a small disposable foil pan combine Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce, Mexican beer, and cider vinegar. Place pan on grill to keep warm. Add beer as necessary to keep Mop Sauce thin.

Mexican Rib Rub

  1. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, ground chile pepper, kosher salt, garlic powder, and oregano.

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is tender. Stir in tomato sauce, honey, vinegar, lime juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and chipotle chile peppers. Remove from heat; stir in tequila.

  2. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until sauce is desired consistency, stirring occasionally.


Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

853 Calories
57g Fat
30g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 853
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 1382mg 60%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 967mg 21%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 20.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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