Reggae Baby Back Ribs

Mango and guava flavor this sweet barbecue sauce for this Caribbean-style pork rib recipe.

reggae baby back ribs
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Marinate Time:
8 hrs
Grill Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 4 pound pork loin back ribs, cut into 6- to 8-rib portions

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup dark rum

  • 3 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil or olive oil

  • 1 fresh habanero chile pepper, finely chopped*

  • Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce

Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce

  • 1 ⅓ cup chopped mangoes

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • cup chopped onion

  • cup lime juice

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup guava paste

  • 3 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin


  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, ginger, salt, lime peel, cumin, and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over ribs; rub in with your fingers. Place ribs in a resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 24 hours.

    For Mop Sauce:

  2. In a medium bowl, combine broth, rum, lime juice, oil, and habanero pepper. Cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours.

  3. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan in a grill with a cover. Test for medium heat above pan. Place ribs, bone sides down, on the grill rack over pan. (Or place ribs in a rib rack; place on grill rack). Cover and grill for 1-1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until ribs are tender, brushing with mop sauce every 15 to 20 minutes. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Cover and grill as above, except place ribs in a roasting pan.)

  4. While ribs are cooking, prepare Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce. About 15 minutes before ribs are done, brush some of the mango sauce over ribs. Pass the remaining sauce. Makes 4 large servings.

Mango-Guava BBQ Sauce

  1. In a small saucepan, combine chopped mangoes; brown sugar; chopped onion; lime juice; olive oil; guava paste; honey; tomato paste; garlic; ground cumin. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until slightly chunky.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1348 Calories
84g Fat
95g Carbs
47g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 84g 108%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 228mg 76%
Sodium 1585mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 95g 35%
Total Sugars 73g
Protein 47g

*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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