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Ultimate Guide To Irresistible Jerk BBQ Ribs For Summer Grilling

Grilling over a party could be the best entertainment during the hot summer. Learn the recipe for mouth watering jerk BBQ ribs for summer grilling. 

Jerk BBQ Ribs are a tantalizing fusion of Jamaican jerk seasoning and traditional barbecue techniques, creating a spicy and flavorful dish. The ribs, often pork, are marinated in a potent blend of Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, allspice, and other aromatic spices, delivering a distinctive Caribbean kick. This fusion of Jamaican and barbecue flavors results in a memorable culinary experience that transcends cultural boundaries, offering a spicy twist to the classic American barbecue tradition. Experience culinary excellence with our sauces- your passport to a world of exquisite tastes.

Step-By-Step Guide To The Juiciest Jerk BBQ Ribs 

Grilling Jerk BBQ ribs involves a two-step process: marinating and applying jerk sauce. The marinade is a crucial element in giving a distinctive Jamaican flavor to the ribs. After marinating, the ribs are grilled to perfection, and during the grilling process, a jerk sauce, featuring similar ingredients with the addition of ketchup and lime juice, is applied generously for an extra layer of flavor. 

Ingredients Required

The marinade for the Jerk BBQ Ribs asks for various spices to elevate the taste, but you can free yourself from the hassle of making your own jerk sauce for marinade by using our Jerk Sauce, which is articulated to deliver authentic Jamaican flavors. Ingredients that you need to make Jerk Ribs:

  • Pork ribs
  • Scotch bonnet peppers
  • Thyme
  • Allspice
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Vinegar
  • Ketchup (for jerk sauce)
  • Lime juice (for jerk sauce)

Optional ingredients are:

  • Rum seasoning
  • Green onions
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg

Clean And Trim The Ribs

To properly clean ribs for optimal tenderness and flavor, begin by rinsing them under cold water to remove any bone fragments or debris. Pat the ribs dry with paper towels. Next, flip the ribs over to reveal the backside and locate the thin membrane covering the bone side. While the membrane is edible, removing it enhances the texture of the ribs. Gently slide a knife under the membrane, loosening it from one end. 

Once lifted, grip it with a paper towel for a better grip and peel it away in one smooth motion. This step allows the rubs to better absorb flavors during marination and promotes a more tender end result. Keep in mind that leaving the membrane is an option, but it can be slightly chewy when cooked. Whether removed or not, cleaning and preparing the ribs meticulously contributes to a more enjoyable and flavorful dining experience.

Marinate The Ribs  

Marinating is a crucial step in elevating the flavor profile of Jerk BBQ Ribs. You can make the marinade at home by combining Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, allspice, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, and vinegar. Or you can use a store bought marinade.

For optimal results, marinate the ribs for a minimum of four hours, or ideally overnight, in the refrigerator. This extended duration ensures that the flavors penetrate the meat deeply, creating a more nuanced and savory taste. Refrigerating not only enhances flavor absorption but also contributes to the tenderness of the meat.

Smoke The Ribs

For the smoking process, achieve a delectable blend of flavors by using a combination of 1/2 wet wood chips and 1/2 dry wood chips. Set up your smoker for indirect heat at a temperature range of 225-250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the marinated ribs on the grill and let them smoke for 1-2 hours, adjusting the time based on the thickness of the meat. This method infuses the ribs with a smoky essence, creating a perfect balance of tenderness and flavor.

Smoking The Ribs In Butcher Paper

For enhanced results, consider smoking the ribs wrapped in butcher paper with the jerk sauce. After an initial smoking period of 1-2 hours, carefully wrap the ribs in butcher paper, generously brushing on additional jerk sauce before sealing. This technique preserves moisture and intensifies flavor. Place the wrapped ribs back in the smoker, potentially inside aluminum foil for added insulation, and continue smoking for an additional 2-3 hours. This double-smoking method allows the ribs to absorb the rich jerk flavors while maintaining succulence.

Baste The Ribs With Remaining Marinating Jerk Sauce 

Consider basting the ribs with the leftover jerk spice during the smoking process for an extra punch of Caribbean flair. Alternatively, reserve some of the marinade to serve as a delectable sauce on the side, allowing diners to customize their experience. For a diverse culinary adventure, explore our other sauces like Bonnet Hot Sauce and Ranch, adding a creative twist to the Jerk BBQ Ribs. 

Check For Doneness

To ensure perfect doneness, employ a meat thermometer when preparing Jerk BBQ Ribs. For a tender texture, aim for an internal temperature of around 145ºF. If you prefer the meat to effortlessly fall off the bone, continue smoking until the internal temperature reaches approximately 205ºF. Regularly check the temperature at the thickest part of the meat, avoiding contact with the bone.


For a delightful presentation and easy serving, once the Jerk BBQ Ribs have reached their perfect doneness, carefully cut them into individual pieces. Arrange the succulent ribs on a platter and serve with any of our three sauces—Jerk Sauce, Bonnet Hot Sauce or Ranch—that transcends you to the other world.

Classification Of BBQ Ribs

Ribs, a culinary delight enjoyed worldwide, come in various types, each offering a unique flavor profile. 

Pork Spare Ribs 

When compared to baby back ribs, pork spare ribs are flavorful cuts from the pig's belly that are larger in size and have more fat. Some of the most widely available ribs on the market, pork spare ribs, are a popular choice for grilling and smoking, celebrated for their rich flavor and versatility.

Baby Back Ribs

Baby back ribs are pork ribs renowned for their tenderness and succulence. Contrary to the name, these ribs do not come from baby pigs but are called "baby" due to their shorter length compared to spare ribs. Ideal for grilling or smoking, these ribs are a favorite among barbecue enthusiasts.

St.Louis-Style Ribs

St. Louis-style ribs, a barbecue favorite, differentiate themselves by technique, trimming of the meat and preparation. Cut from spare ribs, the sternum bone, cartilage, and rib tips are removed, resulting in a rectangular and even rack. This method ensures uniform cooking and a desirable, meaty texture.

Country-Style Pork Ribs 

Country-style pork ribs, despite their name, aren't technically ribs but share a similar taste.  Though not part of the rib section, they derive their name from the taste and flavor resembling traditional ribs. Country-style pork ribs are often preferred for their versatility and are suitable for grilling, baking, or slow cooking, making them a delicious alternative for those seeking a hearty and rib-like experience.

Short Ribs

Short ribs are cuts of beef known for their flavorful and marbled meat, typically measuring 2–3 inches in length. These ribs, taken from the brisket, chuck, or plate areas, offer a rich taste and can be prepared on a slow or low grill using spice rubs. Their versatility in cooking methods, including braising or grilling, makes short ribs a favorite for those seeking tender and succulent beef with a depth of flavor.

Lamb Riblets

Lamb riblets are flavorful cuts taken from the rib area of the lamb. Lamb ribs have a juicy layer of fat and a nice meaty texture; they are a delectable option for those who enjoy the distinct taste of lamb. These riblets can be prepared through various cooking methods, such as grilling or roasting, and their unique combination of fat and meat makes them a flavorful addition to any lamb lover's menu.

Beef Back Ribs

Beef back ribs are cuts taken from the upper ribcage of the cow. They can be cooked as a whole rack or cut into individual ribs, offering flexibility in preparation. These ribs work exceptionally well with a variety of sauces, making them a versatile choice for barbecue enthusiasts. Known for their meaty richness, beef back ribs are often favored for their combination of tenderness and the ability to absorb a range of flavors during cooking.

Sidekick To Your Jerk BBQ Ribs   

Enhance your dining experience with well-paired sides to complement the flavors of your ribs. Consider exploring a variety of side dishes that not only elevate the overall aesthetic but also provide a delightful balance of tastes. 

Corn On The Cob

Pair your ribs with the timeless appeal of corn on the cob—a classic for summer grilling. The sweet and juicy kernels complement the rich flavors of the ribs, creating a perfect harmony of tastes.

Fresh Watermelon Fruit Salad 

Introduce a refreshing twist to your summer barbecue with a fresh watermelon fruit salad. This vibrant side dish not only adds a burst of color to your spread but also offers numerous nutritional benefits. According to research, watermelon is hydrating, low in calories, and packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants. It promotes heart health, aids in hydration, and supports overall well-being. 

Classic Potato Salad 

Elevate your barbecue experience with the timeless appeal of classic potato salad. This beloved side dish brings a comforting and satisfying element to your meal. With a perfect blend of creamy textures and zesty flavors, it complements the richness of the ribs. Plus, being naturally gluten-free, it caters to a variety of dietary preferences, ensuring everyone can enjoy its delicious goodness.

Gluten Free Caesar Salad 

This Caesar salad variation, free from gluten-containing ingredients, caters to those with dietary restrictions while maintaining the classic flavors. Use it as a refreshing side dish to complement the bold taste of ribs or consider upgrading it to a main dish by adding grilled chicken or succulent shrimp. The crisp romaine lettuce, tangy Caesar dressing, and savory parmesan cheese create a symphony of flavors.

Spice Up Your Party With Sauces by Jrk! 

Spice up your party with Sauces by Jrk! Rooted in the rich culinary history of Jamaica, our amazingly crafted sauces embody the bold and spicy flavors of traditional jerk seasoning. Infused with a harmonious blend of Scotch bonnet peppers, thyme, and allspice, our jerk sauce specifically delivers an unparalleled taste experience. Perfect for marinating, grilling, or dipping, it adds a Caribbean kick to your dishes. Elevate your barbecue game and bring home a taste of Jamaica. Don't miss out; check out all our products for an unforgettable burst of flavor with BBQ ribs at your next gathering. 


                                                                 KYLE PRICE 

Kyle Price, the creative force behind Sauces by Jrk!, brings a unique blend of Jamaican culinary heritage and modern flair to the world of gourmet sauces. Starting his journey in a bustling Miami kitchen, Kyle's passion for authentic Jamaican flavors and commitment to natural, health-focused ingredients quickly set his sauces apart. His mantra, "Health is Wealth, Mon," reflects in every bottle, offering a delicious journey into Jamaican tradition with a contemporary twist.

For more about Kyle and his approach, visit Sauces by Jrk!.


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