Got Ribs? Delicious Tender Pork Smoked and Grilled Ribs

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Earlier this month I had an awesome opportunity to take part of Smithfield’s Whole Hog Challenge at the Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR Coke Zero 400. I got to see first hand how Chef Justin Leo prepared his BBQ dishes for the pit crew of Smithfield’s racing  and their very own #43 Aric Almirola.

I was so impressed with the recipes that Chef Justin Leo from American Q created that I decided to try out his  Ancho Chile Rubbed St. Louis Style Pork Spareribs recipe and I am happy to say, I nailed it!

These pork ribs were ahh-mazing and the best part it was so simple to prepare.


The dry ingredients for the rub is definitively the focal point for these tender ribs. It all starts with a tasty rub down with simple ingredients that you already might have in your home. I don’t know about you but I love when my foods have flavor and these 6 seasonings of coffee grinds, brown sugar, paprika, onion & garlic powder and cumin  did the trick for me!


When making the glaze you will be happy to know that these delicious veggies will give a kick that is needed and is also an important step in this recipe. It’s actually the last one before consuming these delicious ribs.  After grilling the jalapeno, onion, and tomatoes until charred and blistered, grab your blender and let it work for you.



Since Smithfield’s ribs were so enjoyable and tender I couldn’t wait to start preparing our meat. I don’t use rubs that often but after making this recipe, I am looking for more ways to use rubs with my meats. So good! In fact, my kids are already asking for me to make these ribs again!







Good Golly Ms Molly, Don’t these ribs look delicious? When I say these guys were tender I mean it. The meat actually fell right off the bone. There certain was not any temptation when my family got a hold of these. Even my son who is not a fan of ribs, kept asking for more.

I will admit, I am not in favor of wrestling with my ribs to get to the meat and these my friends were tender and tasteful!




The glaze and rub definitely puts these ribs in the must have BBQ foods for the summer. Having the ability to slow cook these ribs then place them on the grill taste phenomenal.

Smithfield has the most tender ribs out there in my opinion. These extra tender ribs were delicious and I can not wait to make them again for my family.



So tell me, What is your favorite way to make pork ribs?

Do you like them Rubbed, Glazed or Both?

Recipe credit by Chef Justin Leo

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    That's the kind of meal my husband would like. I bet if I showed him these pics he would be salivating in an instant. Yep, I will have to fix him some of these ribs.
  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I LOVE this! That rub sounds amazing, and the ribs are so nice and caramelized on the outside. Yummy.
  • Jeannette

    Yum! Those ribs look amazing! My hubby loves ribs and that rub just looks like it creates the most amazing crust! I can't wait to try it myself.
  • Sandy KS

    Those pork ribs really do look good. I stopped eating pork a few years ago because my boyfriend is allergic. I bet your rub would taste as good on beef ribs.
  • Chubskulit Rose

    I will try to put coffee grind next time I grill some ribs. Thanks for sharing your recipe for the rub! This lo]=oks super tasty!
  • Alli

    Those ribs do look delicious! My husband is the BBQ master at my house and he always uses a rub and sauce. I'll have to show him this so he can give your rub recipe a try. Looks so tasty! Yum!!
  • Joanne T Ferguson

    How delicious does you ribs look, I am salivating right now to try! When I close my eyes, after reading your post of course, i swear I can almost smell your ribs from here!
  • Jeanine

    Wowie. These look amazing. Before my miscarriage 2 weeks ago I was OBSESSED with meat. It's all I wanted and I could NOT get enough ribs. It was so funny, everyone made fun of me but they are so good. These? Would be to die for. They look amazing!
  • Ourfamilyworld

    This is mouth watering! I've never tried using coffee grounds, but I will next time. Thanks for sharing the rub.
  • RoseyR

    That's just the kind of recipe my oldest two boys like to make. My oldest uses coffee grounds in some of his cooking too.
  • Lynndee

    I love grilled ribs! And this reminds me of that delicious grilled ribs I had at the BBQ restaurant. Super yummy! I must try your recipe.
  • Yona Williams

    My Dad makes a lot of ribs when he BBQs in the summertime. I leave it up to him. He likes to try out different rubs – the last one had coffee in it. Yours look tasty!
  • Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    Oh man! Now that looks very beautiful, I bet tastes amazing too. I can just imagine the smell of it! lol I have to try your rub recipe. :)
  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

    Thanks for sharing the recipe those Tender Pork Smoked and Grilled Ribs look absolutely delicious! I love rubs actually and I even use Dry Rub when making Salmon or Scallops especially when I prepare them on cedar planks, YUMMO!
  • Ann Bacciaglia

    This looks so delicious. We just bought a new grill so i have been looking for new recipes to try. I am sure my Son will want to try this.
  • Melissa Vera

    I normally don't use rubs as a rule either but these look and sound so yummy that I think I might just have to give this a try. I hope you will share this on the #HomeMatters Linky Party.

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