Tropical Baby Back Ribs
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Barbecue
Serves: 3
  • 1 slab of baby back ribs
  • Marinade (recipe below)
  • 5 wood chunks (fruit wood like apple or cherry)
  • Marinade:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup Svedka Colada Vodka
  • ½ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or freshly ground black pepperIf you like heat, you can replace black pepper with red pepper flakes or sliced jalapenos.
  1. Prep your ribs by removing the thin membrane (the fell) on the underside of the ribs.
  2. Rinse ribs and pat dry.
  3. To make marinade, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Combine ribs and marinade in a large freezer bag or non-reactive container. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. When ribs are done marinating, remove them from the marinade but do NOT discard the marinade -- set it aside.
  6. Next, set-up your grill for low indirect heat (225°F-240°F).
  7. Smoke ribs using the 2-2-1 method for baby back ribs.
  8. While your ribs are smoking, boil marinade until it is reduced to less than half. Be careful not to let it burn. (Note: If you want to further thicken the sauce, add a little corn starch mixed with a little water. You could also use honey).
  9. For the final 30 minutes of smoking the ribs, baste with the marinade/sauce. That's it!
Recipe by Big Ken's BBQ at