Recipe for Practical Application

Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs

June 16, 2016
This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It’s perfectly sweet & spicy.This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It's perfectly sweet & spicy.

This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It’s perfectly sweet & spicy.

This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It's perfectly sweet & spicy.

I’ve lived all over the country and I have never completely understood why in some places barbecue is a flavor and in others it is a cooking style, but wherever you are from and whichever way you call it, this Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs recipe is going to be your new favorite for the summer barbecuing season.  The strawberry-chipotle barbecue sauce is a great way to work on developing your palate; it starts sweet at the beginning, progresses to the taste of tomato, then it finishes with the spice and heat of the chipotle peppers.  It’s a great way to work on fine tuning your taste buds, and a great recipe for continuing our month of savory meals using berries.

This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It's perfectly sweet & spicy.

Skills & Techniques

To execute this recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs to perfection, here are a few posts that I recommend reading up on so your culinary proficiencies are in top-notch shape!

  • Buying & Storing Berries : So your berries don’t go bad between the store and when you make your ribs.
  • How To Buy & Store Spices : Make sure you have the best quality spices (that haven’t turned old) for your spice rub.
  • How To Roast : Learn all the nuances of the roasting cooking method.
  • Buying & Storing Citrus : Make sure you pick out a lemon that will give you enough juice without spending too much.
  • How To Buy & Store Fresh Herbs : The cilantro is what makes this recipe in my opinion, find out how to keep it fresh while you wait to make your ribs.
  • How To Purée : Find out my tips for puréeing hot things so your bbq sauce turns out awesomely!

This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It's perfectly sweet & spicy.

Leftovers?

If you have leftovers of your Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs then I recommend that you store them in an oven safe, airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  If you have leftovers of your bbq sauce, you can store that in your fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just make sure if you’re freezing it that your container has a really good seal, and that you’ve left enough headspace to account for the sauce’s expansion – you don’t want it exploding out of your container.

If you would like to reheat your Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs, I recommend:

  1. Bring your oven to 300°F
  2. Smother your ribs in a thick coating of your leftover strawberry-chipotle bbq sauce and place them on in a single layer in an oven safe container.  Cover it with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until the ribs are heated throughout.
  3. Remove the ribs from the oven and slather them with another layer of the strawberry-chipotle bbq sauce and serve.

The biggest concern with reheating your spare ribs is that they are going to dry out, so make sure to not rush them and keep that oven temperature low.  The aluminum foil is a key factor as well, so don’t pass on it or your ribs will get tough and chewy.

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Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs

These Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs have become one of our favorite recipes, and we keep the extra sauce in the freezer to pull out and thaw when we make wings for get-togethers.  It’s very versatile and a great way to make a dish that stands out from the others.


 Get the free printable grocery list for this Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs recipe HERE.


This grocery list has everything that you’ll need to make this Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  To help in making grocery shopping simple, each ingredient is listed in easy-to-find grocery store amounts.  If there is no amount specified, that means that you can buy the smallest (or largest) container available and still have plenty left over.

If you want to check out some other savory recipes using fruit, I recommend:

Happy Cooking! 🙂

This recipe for Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs is sure to tantalize your taste buds and get you out of your barbecue rut. It's perfectly sweet & spicy.

 

 

Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Spare Ribs

These Spare Ribs with Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ sauce are a great way to break out of your typical bbq rut. Impress your friends and your palate with this sweet & spicy twist.
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 674 kcal
Author Mackenzie Ryan

Ingredients

Ribs

  • 1 rack of spare ribs , about 3.5 lbs

Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tsp smoked paprika

Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries , tops removed and cut in half
  • 2 large tomatoes , sliced thickly
  • 1 lemon , zested and juiced
  • 1 tbsp ginger , sliced
  • 5 cloves of garlic , smashed
  • 3 green onions , roots removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp worchesterershire
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 chile in adobo , (plus a spoonful of the sauce for extra spice)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed cilantro

Instructions

Strawberry-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F
  2. In an oven safe pan, add the strawberries and sliced tomatoes and place in the oven to bake for 15 Minutes or until the strawberries have let out their juice and begun to lightly caramelize.

  3. Place all of your ingredients, except the cilantro, in a small sauce pot and bring them to a simmer. Simmer for 10 Minutes, remove from the heat and let them cool for 10 Minutes.

  4. Place the cooked ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and combined. Add in the cilantro and pulse until the cilantro is chopped small. Set aside.

Spare Ribs

  1. Preheat your broiler to High.
  2. Rub your ribs with the smoked paprika and brown sugar rub on both sides and place the ribs on a roasting rack lined sheet pan.
  3. Place your ribs in the oven as close to the broiler as you can get and cook for 5 Minutes or until the brown sugar is bubbling and slightly caramelized

  4. Change your heat to 300°F and move your sheet pan of ribs to the center of your oven. Cook for 1 Hour.

  5. Remove your rack of ribs from the oven and cover them with aluminum foil. Continue to cook another 1 Hour.

  6. Remove your ribs from the oven, slather them in a thick coating of the strawberry-chipotle bbq sauce, cover them with the foil again and roast for another 30 Minutes.

  7. Remove the ribs from the oven a final time and brush on the bbq sauce again. Serve with warmed bbq sauce on the side for anyone who wants more.

Recipe Notes

You can flip the ribs and broil the underside if you want, but it will only take a couple minutes, not the whole five.

The more you blend your strawberry-chipotle bbq sauce, the more it will turn orange. Blend it for as little time as possible to maintain the beautiful red color.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sarah @ Champagne Tastes June 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Ooo strawberries and BBQ sauce together sounds fantastic!! I love that you make your own BBQ here- store bought ones can be so full of sugar!! Also I’m not sure about why it’s a sauce vs cooking style either. Here it’s definitely a sauce.. But I hear Texans see things differently lol

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan June 16, 2016 at 10:35 am

      haha!!! I feel like every time I move, I have to learn a new definition for bbq! 🙂 Although, Texas is one place I haven’t lived yet, and they do stake claim to the best bbq around!

  • Reply Jagruti June 16, 2016 at 9:51 am

    wow..very innovative recipe, never heard of this sauce..must try one day.

  • Reply Azlin Bloor June 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Haha, I love that, flavour v cooking method. This is an amazing combination, I’ll have to try it this summer!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan June 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

      It’s super tasty – and also makes a really great sauce for wings!

  • Reply Beth @ Binky's Culinary Carnival June 16, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Oh my, you have really done it with this one! Sheer brilliance!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan June 16, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Awwww…thanks, Beth! I hope you get to try it some day! 🙂

  • Reply Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs June 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    How novel! I would never have thought of putting strawberries and ribs together! I can see that the sweetness would be perfect though. Pure genius!

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan June 16, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Thanks, Emma! It’s so tasty, and not too weird to make people not willing to try it! 🙂

  • Reply Suchi @elegantmeraki June 16, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Do you think this will go on Lamb? would love try something different like this… very unique, adding to list for things to make after strawberry picking this weekend.

    • Reply Mackenzie Ryan June 16, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      That’s a great question! I would be willing to try it, but since lamb has such a distinct flavor, I would say it probably isn’t for everyone. I would feel confident with saying that it pairs nicely with any white meat, like chicken or turkey, but I’m not super sure with lamb. If you try it out, please come back and let me know how it was! I’d love to know!

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