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Smoked Ribs with Maple Habanero Glaze

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

Smoky and sweet, but with that Red Habanero kick, these ribs will melt in your mouth.

Make sure you leave yourself enough time not to rush cooking these. The long slow heat is what makes everything so tender, juicy, and caramelized. It might seem long, but it's worth every minute of the wait.

Smoked Ribs with Maple Habanero Glaze


  • 1 rack baby back ribs

  • Salt to taste

  • Black pepper to taste

  • Garlic powder to taste

  • Paprika to taste

  • ¾ cup maple syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • ¼ stick butter

  • 3 Tablespoons El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce


  1. Preheat smoker or grill for indirect heat at 275°F. Place a foil tray beneath where ribs will roast to catch any drippings and sauce. You don’t want any flare-ups to burn your meat.

  2. Prepare ribs by removing the membrane. Sprinkle with dry spices individually, so you can choose your amounts of each spice. Start with salt, then pepper, then garlic powder, and finish with paprika for that nice orange color. Pat all spices into the meat to help them adhere.

  3. Place ribs on the grill over your foil pan and let them roast for 3 ½-4 hours.

  4. Make the glaze by combining maple syrup, brown sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, butter, and El Yucateco Red Habanero sauce in a small pot. Cook at low heat for 15-20 minutes for the flavors to slowly meld. Remove from heat, cover, and allow to cool and thicken until ready to apply to ribs.

  5. Brush glaze over ribs 30 minutes before you plan to take them off the grill.

  6. When they’re finished, pull them off the heat and let them rest for 10 minutes before carving them into individual bones for serving.

Give these tender ribs a try this weekend, and impress your whole crew! We would love to hear what you thought in the comments!

For more spicy grilling tips and recipes, check out these other posts:

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